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People in China

2009-04-08 Author:China Association for Cultic Studies

Before Falun Gong was banned legally by the Chinese government, people of various circles and the grassroots had already expressed their strong discontent with Falun Gong because it destroyed families, did harm to the practitioners, disrupted social stability, and defrauded its followers of their money and belongings. Family members of the victims, journalists as well as scientists frequently wrote to the mass media or in many other ways, exposing and denouncing Falun Gong. They asked the Chinese government to take drastic measures on Falun Gong so as to protect innocent people and their families.


In view of the great harms done to society and at the request of the Chinese people, especially people from the religious circles, the Chinese government officially banned Falun Gong in accordance with the law on July 22, 1999.


Chinese people acclaim the ban on Falun Gong.


In 2003, a questionnaire at Shaanxi Province indicates that, 99.39 per cent of the respondents think Falun Gong is a cult, and 98.75 per cent of them support the government's ban on Falun Gong.


Many people expose and denounce Falun Gong spontaneously after the ban on Falun Gong.


In December 2000, China Association for Cultic Studies initiated a signature drive named "Against Cults, Guarantee Human Rights" in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Hunan, Shaanxi, etc. In only three months, 1.52 million signatures were collected from major cities around China. Taking Sichuan as an example, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the stadium to sign their name on February 1, 2001.


By March 2002, China Association for Cultic Studies had received 15,378 letters nationwide, expressing support for the drive of "Against Cults, Guarantee Human Rights."


On May 20, 2008, the Tencent Net (www.qq.com) publicized on the Internet a video program In New York, Noisy Falun Gong Followers Disrupt Donation for Quake Stricken People of Sichuan. By October 31, over 51,435 comments flooded in, condemning the doings of Falun Gong. Many people pointed out on the Internet that Falun Gong was a discredit to the Chinese people, more people appealed to the government for further crack-down on the cult.


From August 5 to 15, 2008, two surveys were carried out by the cultic study website of China the Kaiwind Net. One of the survey shows that 44.4 per cent of the responders think Falun Gong is "a political clique living abroad"; 43.24 per cent consider it "a cult exercising spiritual control." Those who think it is "a spiritual belief" or "a pseudo-Qigong cheating and murdering for money" constitute 7.72 per cent and 4.63 per cent respectively. The other survey shows that those who are against Falun Gong amounted to 89.43 per cent. Only 5.69 per cent of the responders hold an "indifferent attitude" toward Falun Gong.