Video Highlight

State secret: A Staged Tragedy by Chinese Authority: Self-Immolation in Tiananmen Square, 2001

“The (Chinese) regime points to a supposed self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001 as proof that Falun Gong is an ‘evil cult’. However, we have obtained a video of that incident that in our view proves that this event was staged by the government. We have copies of that video available for distribution.”
- Statement in the United Nations, by International Education Development (IED), on Fifty-third session, Agenda item 6, Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, August, 2001

Above video:

False Fire (Documentary)– Analysis of China State-run CCTV’s Video Footage of the “Tiananmen Self-Immolation”

Incident:

On January 23, 2001,  the day before the Chinese Lunar New Year, it was reported by China state-controlled Xinhua Agency that 5 people set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Two hours after the occurrence of the self-immolation, Xinhua broadcasted the English version of the news to the world, claiming the self-immolators were Falun Gong practitioners.

A week later, the Chinese government television station, CCTV, broadcast a program showing a video of the incident. In the video, the number of victims was increased from 5 to 7, including a severely burned 12-year-old girl Liu Siying, and Her mother Liu Chunling, who was died.

The Chinese government utilized this incident to intensify its campaign against Falun Gong by forcing every citizen to sign a form condemning Falun Gong.

By using the pictures of 12-year-old girl Liu Siying to foment the public’s hatred towards Falun Gong, the government hoped to justify the long-lasting violent crackdown against Falun Gong, which was started on July 20, 1999.

Holes can be found from CCTV’s Video:

1. Liu Siying, the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly burned badly, was purported to have had a tracheotomy, but spoke and sang clearly in a TV interview, a medical impossibility;

The image of 12-year-old Liu Siying wrapped in gauze after allegedly setting herself on fire was used to incite hatred against Falun Gong. But burn victims are never wrapped in gauze.

2. Ms. Liu Chunling, mother of the 12-year-old girl, can be seen from the slow-motion sequence of the CCTV video that she fell down when she was hited on the head by a blunt object thrown by a police; ( full sequence photo here)

Ms. Liu Chunling received a sharp blow to the forehead, with what looks like a metal bar, delivered by a man wearing an army overcoat. She is seen crumpling instantly to the ground and most likely died from that blow.

3. Mr. Wang Jindong was shown to have been badly burned; while hair burns and plactic melts extremely quickly, his hair and the plastic Sprite bottle that he had used to dowse gasoline remained miraculously intact.

the policeman stands patiently behind Mr. Wang Jindong with a fire blanket, only throwing it on him after he yells out some words incriminating Falun Gong

The Sprite bottle used as a gasoline container in between Wang’s legs was suspiciously unburned and fully intact after the fire.

4. The Chinese media claimed that it was CNN journalists who recorded the close-up shots. CNN’s chief news executive, Eason Jordan, was quoted in the Washington Post as saying that “the footage used in the Chinese television reports could not have come from CNN videotape because the CNN cameraman was arrested almost immediately after the incident began.” CNN did not have a chance to shoot any footage.

…… and more. Please watch the above video  yourself.

International reports:

Washington Post: Reporter Finds Holes in China’s Tiananmen Immolation Story (Read this article)

National Review: Beijing is Burning – More lies from the PRC (Read the article )

MediaChannel: The Fires This Time:Immolation Or Deception In Beijing? (Read the article)

WOIPFG: Investigation Uncovers More Lies in Chinese Regime’s Story of Tragic Self-Immolation Incident (Read this article)

FalunInfo: Tiananmen: Court of Last Resort (Read this article)

Epochtimes: Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation? Actually a Hoax

Accusations bogus, but misperception lingers on four-year anniversary (Read this report)

Amnesty International: Another important part of the government’s propaganda campaign has been to publicise statements from people identified as former Falun Gong practitioners…? (Read this report)

Reporters Without Borders: China’s determination to prevent the foreign press from covering the activities and government repression of the Falungong clearly illustrates its rejection of independent news gathering.?/i> (Read this report)

Movie “False Fire” won award

The movie “False Fire: China’s Tragic New Standard in State Deception” which analyzes the 2001 Tiananmen Square “self-immolation” incident, won a Certificate of Honorable Mention at the 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival. New Tang Dynasty TV, a non-profit privately owned Chinese TV station, produced the movie.

The award ceremony was held in the Kansas Center, Columbus Arts College, Columbus, Ohio.

Related:
- Xinhua: the world’s biggest propaganda agency, The Reporters Without Borders, 30 September 2005
- Youtube Video: What is Falun Gong (falun Dafa)
- Youtube Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China
- List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)

4 thoughts on “Video Highlight

  1. The Chinese government remains the evil tyrant that it has been for decades. I went there recently with an entire delegation and part of my mission was to find out for myself if the allegations of religious persecution and persecution of lawyers who represent the rights of Chinese citizens were true. I found out that beyond all reasonable doubt upon the face of this earth, that the allegations are true. I am forced to delay a full report on our findings temporarily but that will not delay me for long. The Chinese Communist Party remains the real culprit but it is waning in power. Unfortunately, it has the power to bully, arrest, torture, imprison and kill those who disagree with it. The Olympic games should not occur in Beijing because of the deceit and evil of the party. A more thorough report will be forthcoming as soon as my colleagues finish their reporting formalities. You may rest assured that I will tell you the absolute truth about what we found very soon. How the party believes that it will survive and deceive is beyond comprehension–the truth “will out!” The blessings of a far more powerful figure will eventually be felt in all of China even as it continues its repression and espionage against the free world. What a shame, for its people are gracious, warm and polite and deserve much better. All who read these comments can help make it better for those wonderful people.

  2. if we stand by, if we stand and let this happen, then we have condemed and enslaved future generations to unspeakable horror, I always wondered about nazi germany in 1940, and who knew about what was happening to the jews and willingly did nothing about it , what were the companies and who made money off of the slave labor camps of the jews,. Now maybe someone should complie all the companies making money off of china and show that it is very similar to the same people that made money off jews blood except it is chinese blood , human blood , and show what really matters to the people , is it money/proffit/ and being seen in the paper as a upstanding person/a important person/, maybe the world should see the people who are making the most money off of the death of the jews in 1940, i mean the death of inncent people in china in 2007

Leave a Reply- please be detailed, and on topic

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s