Perspectives on the “1400 Fabricated Death Cases”-- Li Shuxian Put on an Act before Her Death
(Minghui.org) In order to find an excuse to justify its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Jiang Zemin's regime spread propaganda that Falun Gong caused over 1,400 Chinese to die or have disabilities. This was a complete lie concocted by the Chinese Communist regime's media. Below is an example of a case included in the so-called 1400 death incidents that was exposed on the Minghui website in January 2009.
How the CCP's Lie Was Made Up
This incident happened in Cuijiatun Village, Xinhua Township of the Acheng District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province.
Li Shuxian, a female farmer, moved to the Acheng District in Daling Township, after she married. In July 1999, she was sent to the No. 4 Hospital of Harbin City to have a gastric ulcer treated. At that time, Ms. Li's family was very poor and couldn't pay her medical bills.
The head of the hospital told the family that if they said Li Shuxian got the disease from practicing Falun Gong, the hospital would not charge them for her medical treatment and would also take good care of her while she was in the hospital. Lured by the offer, the trusting farmers agreed to the deal.
Soon, a reporter from Harbin's New Evening Press arrived at the hospital to interview Li Shuxian's husband. The reporter coached him, and told him to repeatedly practice saying the pre-written story, “My wife got the disease from practicing Falun Gong. She became so thin because she refused to eat when practicing 'Bigu' (fasting). Now she has developed a gastric ulcer, and we don't have money to pay the medical bill.”
These were all lies: Li Shuxian had never practiced Falun Gong and Falun Gong does not practice “Bigu” at all. When the reporter was satisfied with Li's husband's performance, he conducted a video interview. Thus, a story was created to frame Falun Gong and deceive people.
Before July 30, 1999, the Harbin New Evening Press published this story accompanied by a photo of Li's mother holding her. The title of the report was, “Becoming a Living Skeleton through Practicing Falun Gong.” In the article, Li Shuxian said, “It's the communist party that saved me. It's the news reporter who saved me.” Authorities in Xinhua Township and the Acheng District government read the article in the newspaper and started to investigate the case. Li Shuxian's sixth aunt, Zhang Xiuli, was taken to the township police station and interrogated by a local policeman, Hou Guofu. Hou asked, “Did you teach Li Shuxian to practice Falun Gong?” Zhang Xiuli said, “No, I never taught her any Falun Gong.” She also submitted a written statement. Further investigation proved that Li Shuxian didn't practice Falun Gong at all.
However, after the hospital's “special treatment,” Li Shuxian's disease became worse, and she went into convulsions many times. At last, the hospital forcibly kicked her out and she had to go home. Li Shuxian died shortly after, however the fabricated story was widely reported by news media, including Harbin TV station, Heilongjiang TV station, and CCTV's “Millions of Families” program. Later it was listed as one of the “1400 death cases of Falun Gong.” These were stories that claimed 1400 people died as a result of practicing Falun Gong. The program was repeated many times on CCTV nationwide to stir up people's hatred of Falun Gong. In a brainwashing center run by the Acheng District, they tried to play the video clip to Falun Gong practitioners. The practitioners told them, “This happened locally, and we all know that it's a lie to deceive people. You know this too. Don't bother to show us!” The staff soon stopped playing the tape.
Analyzing the “1400 Death Cases”
First let's take a look at the number of alleged deaths, 1400, which Jiang's regime worked very hard to concoct and collect from across the country. Even if the number was not made up, there are a huge number of people practicing Falun Gong in China. By 1999, according to the Chinese regime's own statistics, between 70 and 100 million people were practicing Falun Gong, exceeding the number of CCP members. This was one of the reasons why Jiang's clique was jealous, and hated Falun Gong. Comparing death rates according to official Chinese figures, of 2,000,000 in China who practiced Falun Gong (never mind that this is obviously a greatly reduced figure), of whom 1,400 allegedly died in the seven-year period (disregarding for now whether these deaths were indeed Falun Gong related) gives us an average of 200 deaths per annum -- a rate of less than 1/10,000 (0.01%), far lower than China's normal Death Rate of 0.65%. Even using these reduced figures for the number of practitioners, the “1,400 deaths” are in fact evidence that Falun Gong embodies remarkable healing capacities, as the mortality rate is much lower.
Jiang's regime also widely broadcast claims that the practice of Falun Gong doesn't allow people to take medicine. This is totally false. Falun Gong practitioners lead normal lives in society. Falun Gong has never forbidden practitioners to take medicine, and never coerced or used any forceful means requiring practitioners not to take medicine. It's one's own choice whether one takes medicine or not. On July 28, 2004, Reuters reported a study by Health Grades, Inc., indicating that as many as 195,000 people a year could be dying in U.S. hospitals because of preventable errors. This number doubles previous figures from a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine that said 98,000 people a year die from medical errors. Then if people fall ill, they may choose not be treated by Western medicine. Among Falun Gong practitioners, many had previously suffered from incurable diseases, and hospitals had no way to cure them. However through practicing Falun Gong, they regained their health. Falun Gong's profound effects on health improvement and healing can be found in the “Beginners Corner” section on the Chinese Minghui website. Many cases are published on the site which describe how, through practicing Falun Gong, people were cured of deadly illnesses such as liver cancer, brain cancer, radiation effects, sequelae of poisoning, muscular dystrophy, kidney stones, and other illnesses.
For example, a report entitled, “I Obtained a Second Life After Finding Falun Gong,” published on the Minghui website on July 20, 2011 tells the story of a Korean Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Pak Im Soon. Her husband, Lee Jong Dae, was a cancer patient, and his cancer was cured soon after the couple started practicing Falun Gong. Her diabetes also disappeared, and both are enjoying good health in mind and body. (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2011/7/20/126854.html)
Another example was 22-year-old overseas Chinese student, Huang Shan, who suffered from late-term lymphoma and regained his health after practicing Falun Gong. His story was published on the Minghui website on July 19, 2011 in a report entitled “College Student with Lymphoma Returns to Health” (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2011/7/19/126840.html). It said, “After practicing Falun Gong for three months, Huang’s tumor disappeared. New hair grew in and his complexion became healthy. The doctor kept contact with him the whole time by telephone. 'At the end of 2009, the doctor told me to come back for another exam, since I rejected chemotherapy.' This time, the results showed that the cancer was completely gone.”
Jiang's regime has concocted all kinds of lies in order to persecute Falun Gong, but people have still continuously begun practicing Falun Gong cultivation. Moreover, over the past more than ten years, Falun Gong has been introduced to more than 100 countries, and many people of different ethnicities have benefited both physically and mentally from practicing Falun Gong. We hope more people will see through the CCP's lies and be blessed by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.