China lashes out at US resolution on Falun Gong

BEIJING — China on Thursday lashed out at a US House of Representatives resolution that urged Beijing to end its “persecution” of the outlawed Falungong spiritual group.

The House voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to call on China to free thousands of members of the movement who are said to be imprisoned and to abolish a government office tasked with fighting the movement.

The resolution, which is not legally binding, asked China to “immediately cease and desist from its campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison and torture Falungong practitioners”.

Falungong — a movement loosely based on Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian philosophies — enjoyed growing popularity among the Chinese in the 1990s.

China’s communist government banned the group in 1999 and later branded it an “evil cult” after thousands of practitioners silently converged in Beijing to air their grievances, showing their organisational might.

“Falungong is an anti-human, anti-society and anti-science cult,” [foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang] said.

“The Chinese government outlawed the cult according to law. We hope the US congressmen recognise the nature of the cult and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.”

– Source / Full Story: China lashes out at US resolution on Falungong, AFP, Mar. 17, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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