Chinese (and Foreign Reporters) Interview Falun Gong Cult Victims Involved in the “1.23” Tiananmen Self-Immolation Incident! (19.1.2005) 

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Xinhua News Agency, Zhengzhou, January 18th, 2005, (Reporter Tian Yu [田雨])

Many people may remember that on January 23rd, 2001 – on the Eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year – Li Hongzhi (李洪志) repeatedly urged his followers to “let go of life and death” and move “toward the final consummation”! Listening to this brainwashing was Wang Jindong (王进东) and seven other “Falun Gong” addicts! Together, these misled cult victims participated in the so-called “1.23” Tiananmen Square self-immolation tragedy that shocked China and the world! This disaster resulted in the death of two of these individuals – with serious injuries suffered by three others!   

Now, nearly four years have passed since that tragic time. Among the seven people who participated in the Falun Gong Cult self-immolation that year, the mother and daughter victims Liu Chunling (刘春玲) and Liu Siying (刘思影) both passed away – one after another – due to severe burns they suffered. Wang Jindong and Liu Yunfang (刘云芳) were both given sentences in Zhengzhou Prison (in Henan Province). Hao Huijun (郝惠君) and Chen Guo (mother and daughter) together with Liu Baorong (刘葆荣) – all returned to Kaifeng with their faces completely destroyed. The survivors all received long-term medical care and therapeutic education. The dead are now gone – but what about the living? How are their lives now?   

Under the arrangement of the State Council Information Office, an interview team was jointly formed by Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, China Radio International, China News Service, Hong Kong Wen Wei Po, Associated Press and CNN as well as other Chinese and foreign media outlets. The interview took place on January 18th, 2005, at Zhengzhou Prison – with Wang Jindong and Liu Yunfang being questioned together with Xue Hongjun (薛红军) – one of the primary organizers of the self-immolation incident. Wang Jindong, Liu Yunfang and Xue Hongjun are now free of the psychological control formerly exercised by Li Hongzhi’s mental control – and are full of remorse and indignation when the situation that unfolded four years ago is discussed. Wang Jindong stated that there is only one word in his mind now for Li Hongzhi and his “Falun Gong Cult” – and that is “hate”! 

He is now heartbroken when he considers just how obsessed he was with the “Falun Gong Cult” to the point where he would follow orders to commit suicide or even murder! “The ‘Falun Gong Cult’ is synonymous with ignorance.” Liu Yunfang – who also actively participated in the self-immolation incident under Li Hongzhi’s mental control – recalled “When I was about to ignite the lighter – if it was not for the compassion of the police who saved me – I would have been finished! I would have ended up with my face destroyed like Wang Jindong, Hao Huijun and Chen Guo!” After their failed suicide – and the world new that their Falun Gong Cult method had failed to protect them from the flames – Li Hongzhi issued a formal statement denying that these victims were genuine “Falun Gong disciples”! When asked about this, Xue Hongjun stated “Li Hongzhi said that we are fake practitioners, and the that the Falun Gong Cult technique we relied upon did not work because of this. How many years have we cultivated? I started practicing the Falun Gong Cult technique in 1994. We were all experienced Falun Gong Cult practitioners and were certainly not beginners.”   

Wang Jindong – who has woken up from a nightmare, not only got rid of the heavy superstitious shackles of the past – but has also actively helped other “Falun Gong Cult” victims to get out of the same nightmare! In his own words, “After I wake up and regain my senses, I have developed vital and important responsibilities and obligations.” Due to severe burns, Wang Jindong’s fingers were glued together due to his Falun Gong Cult activity prior to his imprisoned. In June 2004, following concern for his welfare by the government of China, he had recovered movement and function through expert surgical treatment – and he showed his repaired hands to reporters! “Now I can move freely once again!” Liu Yunfang, 61, felt apologetic “I was more obsessed than the others – so I am conscious of the fact that I have caused much suffering due to my influence over others. The last time I saw a foreign reporter – I had not yet woken up yet!” But he remembered the date “September 27th, 2003″ clearly. He said it was the day he broke with the “Falun Gong Cult”! Thinking of Hao Huijun and Chen Guo (mother and daughter) – Xue Hongjun said with emotion that he was “very lucky”. Knowing that Hao Huijun and Chen Guo were well taken care of by the government of China, he said that he possesses more “peace of mind!”   

Wang Jindong said that in his spare time, he likes to read books and write articles. During the interview, we learned that because Wang Jindong (and the other three Falun Gong Cult victims) were fully reformed whilst in prison – their sentences have been commuted in accordance with the law. They have regained their freedom of thought and peace of mind – and are full of remorse and hope for their future life. Xue Hongjun told reporters that he, Wang Jindong and Liu Yunfang meet frequently, and the topic they talked about the most is their future life plans. “It is important to stay emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy!” he said.  

“I will never forget the care and love the government of China (and Chinese society) has shown for me even though I committed crimes, encouraged others to do the same and caused much suffering!” Wang Jindong’s words represent the voice of all three of the surviving victims of the Falun Gong Cult!


2005年01月19日16:22 光明网