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Falun Gong



14 years after China banned Falun Gong, branding it as a 'harmful cult that is engaged in anti-government activities,' the movement is still active in China and around the world.

Xinhua, China's official news agency, recently reported that in May 2013 police arrested 16 followers, saying that "allegedly staged pictures depicting scenes of torture."1

The report is a tacit acknowledgement that the movement survives in China despite years of violent suppression.

As stated at Wikipedia, in China "hundreds of thousands [of Falun Gong followwers] are believed to have been imprisoned extrajudicially, and practitioners in detention are subject to forced labor, psychiatric abuse, torture, and other coercive methods of thought reform at the hands of Chinese authorities."

Falun Gong followers have long documented the various ways in which followers have been tortured, sometimes illustrating the accounts with re-enacted scenes (clearly labeled as such).

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  1. 14 years on, banned Falun Gong is still alive; 16 arrested, Saibal Dasgupta, TNN Jun 4, 2013
  2. Chinese cult draws many followers, USA Today, Apr. 26, 1999
  3. Sect Clings to the Web in the Face of Beijing's Ban, New York Times, July 5, 2001
  4. An Introdcution to Falun Dafa, archived by the Internet Archive
  5. Falun Gong itself says it is "one of the 84000 Law cultivation schools".
  6. Last accessed Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 8:09 PM CET
  7. Li Hongzhi, Lecture in Sydney, 1996, FalunDafa.org. Last accessed Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 4:16 PM CET
  8. Cited in China Calls for End to 'Superstition', CNN Interactive, June 21, 1999: http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9906/20/ BC-CHINA-SECT.reut/index.html (No longer online)
  9. Normally religions have a core set of essential doctrines that must be believed and/or practices for someone to be considered an adherent of that religion. Cults deviate from such religions by militating against one of more of those essential doctrines/practices
  10. The reference along with this article says: Li Hongzhi, China Falun Gong, rev. ed. (1998 English version) (http://www.geocities.com/falunfofa/ENG/China_FLG/chpt4-6.htn). That web page is no longer available, but a mirror of the page is available here. In a revised edition of the book the wording is slightly different: "I am protected by Falun Gong's Master." And currently the same information at the Falun Dafa site reads, "I am protected by Falun Gong’s teacher."

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This post was last updated: Jun. 7, 2013