(Clearwisdom.net) In July 1999, Jiang Zemin, who was then head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), launched a nationwide campaign to suppress Falun Gong. The CCP used the state-controlled media to spread fabrications and frame-ups across the country. Among these lies were the so-called “1,400 deaths” which were said to have resulted from people practicing Falun Gong. Many people have been misled by the rampant propaganda, although many of the lies in all of the 1,400 fabricated cases have been exposed.

In this article we look into the first of these 1,400 cases, in which China Central Television (CCTV) reported that “Sun Xuemin, an employee of the No. 6 Textile Factory in Tianjin, jumped from a building to commit suicide because of practicing Falun Gong.” This story was a blatant lie.

Here are the facts. We worked in the same factory with Sun. She was an official there and many people knew her. She became mentally ill around 1976 when a severe earthquake hit Tangshan City, Hebei Province. Because of her condition, she often had to take time off well before she retired.

Around the second half of 1997, Sun Xuemin went to a Falun Gong practice site two or three times. People also heard that she went twice to group Fa study. It is clearly stated in Falun Gong's teachings that people with mental illness or history of mental illness cannot practice Falun Gong, because these people cannot take control of themselves. We therefore decided that if we saw her again, we would ask Sun Xuemin not to practice. However, none of the practitioners saw her at the practice site or the Fa study group again. About six months later, Sun Xuemin committed suicide by jumping from a building. A genuine practitioner has to persist in doing the Falun Gong exercises and studying the Fa. How could Sun be a Falun Gong practitioner by showing up at practice a couple of times? By 1999, Jiang Zemin's regime dredged up her death as Case No. 1 among all the 1,400 alleged deaths. This serves only to further discredit the CCP propaganda.

Prior to the persecution, which began on July 20, 1999, Falun Gong practice sites were all over China. People practiced and taught the exercises publicly. How can it be claimed that Falun Gong led to a death if that person had stopped by a practice site two or three times? The CCP regime has mobilized the entire state media to smear Falun Gong, while silencing anyone who speaks out for Falun Gong in China. The regime destroys Falun Gong books and blocks Dafa websites such as Clearwisdom.net. It is clear that the CCP is spreading lies while justifying and covering up their brutal persecution.

We invite people to learn the facts about Falun Gong and read through Zhuan Falun. You will then know what Falun Gong is about, see through the CCP's lies, and embrace a bright future.