China Warns Caribbean Over Cult Group Falun Gong

Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) news agency on 16 August

Castries, St Lucia: China is warning Caribbean countries against turning a “blind eye” to the practices of the Falun Gong group whose members are now visiting a number of countries in the region.

“Falun Gong has become a bane to the society. No government can turn a blind eye to the cult’s illegal deeds in threatening people’s lives and social stability,” the Chinese embassy here said in a statement.

The statement follows the arrival here of a four-member Falun Gong team based in the neighbouring French island of Guadeloupe.

The embassy said that the Falun Gong is no ordinary organization of physical fitness, as stressed by the promoters, but rather a heretic cult.

The group has been telling reporters here that Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) is a traditional Chinese practice of meditation and exercise with teaching based on the universal principles of “truthfulness, compassion and forbearance that improves mental and physical wellness”.

The delegation noted that after seven years of unprecedented growth, with over 100 million people enjoying the practice, Falun Gong was banned in China due to its overwhelming popularity.

But the Chinese embassy has compared the group to the People’s Temple and Branch Davidians in the United States and the Aum Shinrikyo Sect in Japan.

The embassy said that the group’s founder Li Hingzhi preaches superstition and heresy to deceive people.

“Li fabricated heretical ideas such as the ‘doomsday’ theory and the belief that the earth will explode so as to frighten his disciples. Li said he alone can postpone the explosion of the earth, he alone can help Falun Gong practitioners enter heaven, he is the sole ‘saviour’ and the Falun Gong alone can save mankind.”

The embassy said that Falun Gong collected monies from his followers through illegal publication and sale of books, videos, cassette tapes that spread his lies and that Li and other core members of the organization have became rich through the exploitation of the wealth and labour of Falun Gong practitioners and by dodging taxes.

But the visiting delegation has dismissed the allegations of the embassy, saying it was part of a campaign to eliminate Falun Gong.

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