Now a thoughtful 26-year-old who only rarely smiles, Ms. Pang remembers the first day of the persecution. "There was a big truck with a sign slandering Falun Gong and a loudspeaker. The vehicle just went back and forth, broadcasting, and slandered Falun Gong practitioners and our teacher,” Ms. Pang said.
After having experienced the Chinese regime’s intense efforts to denigrate Falun Gong, Ms. Pang has now experienced the U.S. government denouncing the accusations as false.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H. Res. 605 on March 16, with a vote of 412-1, condemning China’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which is in its 11th year. The resolution included a condemnation of the propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used to demonize the group:
“Whereas Chinese authorities have devoted extensive time and resources over the past decade worldwide to distributing false propaganda claiming that Falun Gong is a suicidal and militant ‘evil cult’ rather than a spiritual movement, which draws upon traditional Chinese concepts of meditation and exercise.”
The House resolution provides some measure of vindication for Jin Pang and tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China and around the world who have sought to dispel the misrepresentations of their spiritual practice spread by the Chinese regime’s propaganda both inside and outside China.
The intensity of the propaganda onslaught unleashed by then paramount leader Jiang Zemin inside China may be hard for those accustomed to a free press to imagine.
Mr. Clive Ansley practiced law in China for 14 years and has studied the new Chinese legal system since its inception in 1979, publishing and lecturing widely on it. He is also president of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong.
In an affidavit he said, “I was a resident in China from the time the persecution against the Falun Gong began in 1999 until the end of May 2003. I witnessed on a daily basis during that period the unremitting vilification of Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners in all areas of the Chinese print and television media. It was the most extreme, and totally unjustified campaign of unmitigated hatred I have ever witnessed.”
He continued, “Historically, the only comparable hate campaign of which I am aware is that conducted by Adolf Hitler against the Jews in Europe.”
“There is an idiom in China,” Ms. Pang said. If one person says a tiger is coming, no one will believe it; if two people repeat it, people start to doubt, if three people repeat the same thing people will believe it.”