(November 1, 1999) There is plenty of
evidence to prove that Falun Gong is no ordinary illegal
organization, but a cult.
A prominent feature
of a cult is its hierarchical structure, through which
practitioners strictly follow the instructions of the cult
leader and are willing to sacrifice themselves for this
spiritual leader. Li Hongzhi, founder of the Falun Gong
cult, demands that his disciples think, act and even give
their lives at his command, it says.
of a cult are subject to a systematic form of mind control,
and Falun Gong is no exception. Li entices his disciples
with the bait of physical fitness, brainwashes his followers
with his heretical ideas and intimidates Falun Gong
practitioners with his "super powers."
In order to gather more followers to his
flock, Li fabricated heretical ideas such as the
"doomsday" theory and the belief that the Earth
will explode so as to frighten his disciples into following
his instructions without question.
Li said he
alone can postpone the explosion of the Earth, he alone can
help Falun Gong practitioners enter heaven, and Falun Dafa
alone can save all human beings.
statistics show that more than 1,400 people across China
have died as a result of practicing Falun Gong, and hundreds
of others have suffered psychological distress.
The Falun Gong organization collected money
from its followers through illegal publication and sales of
books, pictures, video and audio tapes, and other forms of
communication which spread Li's lies.
other core members of the organization became rich through
exploiting the wealth and labour of Falun Gong practitioners
and by dodging taxes. Li is reported to have fat bank
Falun Gong is also a
tightly organized cult. Its supreme organ in China is the
Falun Dafa Research Society (FDRS) in Beijing. Under the
FDRS, there are 39 general stations, 1,900 instruction
centres, and 28,263 exercising sites, controlling a total of
2.1 million practitioners.
Li tricked the
practitioners of Falun Gong into joining his
"kingdom," and gradually separated them from the
society, eventually convincing them to fight against it.
Since Li ordered his followers to surround
Guangming Daily in August 1996, Falun Gong has held 78
illegal demonstrations, each with more than 300 people.
Thousands of followers gathered outside Zhongnanhai, the
compound accommodating the Communist Party's Central
Committee, on April 25 this year in the most flagrant breach
of the law.
No government can turn a blind eye
to the cult's illegal deeds in threatening people's lives
and social stability.