The self-immolation hoax has been the single most devastating lie that the CCP has used to defame and demonize Falun Gong, and to justify its persecution of the peaceful practice. This overview covers the context of the incident, key facts, and courageous efforts by practitioners to debunk the lies against Falun Gong, as well as the harsh retaliation against practitioners for exposing the truth.
The staged self-immolation incident occurred 18 months after the persecution of Falun Gong began in July 1999, a time when the suppression had lost its momentum and many people were sympathetic to the practitioners who were being brutally and unjustly tortured. This was why Jiang and the CCP decided to defame Falun Gong with the self-immolation—to escalate the persecution.
This film tells the story of the staged self-immolation on Tiananmen Square and the brave grassroots efforts to expose what really happened. The film's director said, “No one should overlook the staged self-immolation incident when talking about the 20-year long persecution of Falun Gong. This incident played a key role in changing people's sympathy to hatred towards Falun Gong...Even after 20 years, many Chinese people are reluctant to learn the facts about Falun Gong because of the impact of this incident.”
Senior Engineer Subjected to Psychological Torture, Forced to Watch Staged Tiananmen Self-Immolation Video for Over Ten Hours
"They used physical and mental suffering to make us form a conditioned reflex whenever we thought of Falun Gong," recalled Mr. Lizhi He, a former engineer who was detained and imprisoned for distributing information about the persecution of Falun Gong.
A Prosecutor’s Story: Connecting the Dots Between a Self-Immolation Rumor and Incident Aimed at Defaming Falun Gong
In April 1999, a young prosecutor who practiced Falun Gong was woken up in the middle of the night by a police officer, who asked if she planned to set herself on fire in a certain park. Only when the self-immolation on Tiananmen Square occurred two years later did she realize it was part of the CCP's attempts to defame Falun Gong.
Under the CCP's rule, a hardworking scientist who only wants to serve his country can be hailed as a hero one day and cast out as an enemy of the people the next.
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Master Li quietly watching the world from amidst the mountains after leaving New York following July 20th, 1999. (Published January 19, 2000)