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Analysis of Video Footage of the "Tiananmen Self-Immolation"

After July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin's faction launched a far-reaching campaign of disinformation to justify its persecution of Falun Gong and to escape world condemnation. Since the persecution started, state-run media have flooded the printing presses and airwaves with fabrications about Mr. Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong.

In early 2001, desperate to turn the tide against Falun Gong, the Chinese Communist Party attempted an outrageous stunt: a staged self-immolation of five people on Tiananmen Square. The state-run media then blamed it on Falun Gong. As with all lies, the propaganda fails miserably in the details. This staged self-immolation has been analyzed by neutral reporters and by careful observers of the same videotape that was broadcasted by the Chinese government:

1. An investigative story published by the Washington Post on February 4, 2001, revealed that Ms. Liu Chunling, one of the immolators, had never practiced Falun Gong; (See Washington Post: Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery Motive for Public Burning Intensifies Fight Over Falun Gong)

2. Police were mysteriously patrolling Tiananmen Square with dozens of pieces of firefighting equipment that day;

3. Liu Siying, the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly burned badly, was purported to have had a tracheotomy, but spoke and sang clearly in a TV interview, a medical impossibility;

4. Mr. Wang Jindong was shown to have been badly burned; while hair burns and plactic melts extremely quickly, his hair and the plastic Sprite bottle that he had used to dowse gasoline remained miraculously intact.

5. A slow motion analysis of the videotape reveals that a blunt object hit Ms. Liu Chunling on the head.

These holes prompted International Education Development, an NGO affiliated with the United Nations , to issue the following statement during the 2001 session of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: "The regime points to a supposed self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001 ... However, we have obtained a video of that incident that in our view proves that this event was staged by the government."

Immediately after the event, the Falun Dafa Information Center in New York published a press release condemning the Xinhua News Agency for spreading unfounded, defamatory claims about Falun Gong. It also called on the PRC regime to allow the world media and international human rights groups to investigate this case to clarify the facts. No independent investigation has ever been allowed.

Clearwisdom.net Articles:

Chinese Communist Party Controlling the Media

Insights on "Self-Immolation"

Eyewitness Accounts Insiders Reveal the Truth

Falun Gong Practitioners Around the World Expose the Staged "Self-Immolation"

Other articles related to the Self-Immolation Incident

Media reports

The Facts Speak for Themselves
Liu Chunling died from being struck on the head, not from self-immolation
Washington Post article revealed Liu Chunling did not actually practice Falun Gong
Plastic Sprite bottle, supposedly filled with gasoline, remained unburned in Wang's hands
Wang Jindong's meditation movements were not Falun Gong
How many self-immolators were there? And who were they?
Several Individuals Play the Role of Wang Jindong
Twelve-year-old Liu Siying sings after tracheotomy, dies mysteriously
Video-footage did not come from CNN as CCTV claimed
Fire extinguishers suddenly appear on Tiananmen Square the same day as the Self-Immolation
Falun Gong teachings prohibit killing, including suicide

Videos about the Staged "Self-immolation incident"
Truth Clarification Materials

Article Review
How People from Different Walks of Life View the Staged "Self-Immolation" [9/20/2011]
The Epoch Times: CCP Brings Up the Self-immolation Hoax Again To Divert Attention from Zhao Ziyang's Death [2/2/2005]
The Chinese Communist Party Frames the Self-Immolation Case Using Absurd Logic [1/31/2005]
From the Staged "Self-immolation" to the CCP's Two-Faced Attitude Toward Western Media (Photos) [1/29/2005]
Zooming in on the Staged "Self-immolation" Case Reported by Xinhua News Agency: Who Directed These People to Set Themselves on Fire? [1/28/2005]
A letter to the Ottawa Citizen from Falun Dafa Association of Canada Regarding the Inaccurate AP Article [1/28/2005]
Truth or Fiction? Judge the Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation for Yourself (Repost) [1/28/2005]
A Look at the CCP's Efforts to Promote the Staged "Self Immolation" All Over Again [1/24/2005]
CCTV's Li Yuqiang Acknowledges That Part of the "Self-Immolation" Scene Was Staged [5/26/2003]
FDI: Investigation Uncovers More Lies in Chinese Regime's Story of Tragic Self-Immolation Incident -- "Sadly, the SARS cover-up is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this regime is hiding." [5/24/2003]
Press Statement of World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong Regarding the Tiananmen "Self-Immolation" [5/22/2003]
U.S. Newswire: New Evidence on Falun Gong "Self-Immolation" Incident [5/15/2003]
Video "Deconstruction": What's the Real Story about Tiananmen Self-Immolations [2/25/2001]
Media Channel: The Fires This Time: Immolation Or Deception In Beijing? [2/22/2001]
Media Report from Epochtimes.com: Ministry of Public Security Knew of "Self-Immolation" Incident the Day Before It Happened [2/7/2001]
Washington Post: Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery Motive for Public Burning Intensifies Fight Over Falun Gong [2/5/2001]
From Tiananmen Massacre to Self-immolation - Another Swindling Propaganda? [2/4/2001]
Puzzling Scenes as Presented by CCTV's "Focal Point" on the "Self Immolation Incident" [2/4/2001]
Press Statement: Who's Behind Tiananmen Self-immolation [2/1/2001]
Outsider's Critique: A Few Questions on the Self-Immolation Incident in Tiananmen Square [2/1/2001]
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