Tiananmen Square “Self-Immolation”
On January 23, 2001, the day before the Chinese Lunar New Year, it was reported that five people set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.
A week later, the Chinese government television station, CCTV, broadcast a program showing a video of the incident, but in the video, the number of victims was increased from five to seven. Several Chinese State-run newspapers said that the closeup shots in the video was taken from the videotape confiscated from CNN, in order to answer the question why the government could videotape the details of the incident in such a short time if it was not a staged event.
In the program, CCTV also broadcast the heartbreaking pictures of the 12-year-old Liu Siying, who was severely burned. Her mother Liu Chunling died from the self-immolation. The 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 Liu Siying to foment the public’s hatred towards Falun Gong, the government hoped to justify the long-lasting violent crackdown against Falun Gong.
Reports and Analyses
Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery - Philip P. Pan, Washington Post [Read it]
Beijing is Burning - More lies from the PRC - Ann Noonan, National Review [Read it]
The Fires This Time:Immolation Or Deception In Beijing - MediaChannel [Read it]
Investigation Uncovers More Lies - WOIPFG [Read it]
The Tiananmen Square “Self-Immolation” - FalunInfo [Read it]
False Fire - Analysis of the “Self-Immolation” Inccident