(October 25, 1999) CHINESE President Jiang
Zemin said that Falun Gong in China, like the cults the
United States, Japan and Europe, is harmful to the society
and people and should not be allowed to go unchecked.
In a written interview with the French
newspaper La Figaro on October 25, 1999, Jiang said that
according to incomplete statistics, Falun Gong has claimed
the lives of more than 1,400 practitioners, with many others
becoming insane and families ruined.
said that most people began practicing Falun Gong for health
reasons and were unaware of the illegal activities of the
schemers, organizers and core members of Falun Gong. Once
they knew the truth of the anti-social, anti-scientific and
anti-human nature of Falun Gong, he said, they made a clear
break with the cult.
He noted that despite
scientific and cultural advance in today's world, some cult
organizations such as the Branch Davidian Cult in the United
States, the Aum Shinrikyo in Japan and the Order of the
Solar Temple in Europe still emerged to harm the physical
and mental health of the general public and jeopardize the
normal social order.
He noted that this
phenomenon is of global implications and no responsible
government should let such cult activities go unchecked.
Jiang said that China is making efforts to
overcome the influence of such feudal superstitions and
decadent ideas and to develop a modern socialist culture.