NEW YORK -- Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) first launched its campaign in 1999 to "eradicate Falun Gong," it has often taken incidents of injustice or violence in China and through state-run media, either framed them on Falun Gong or used them to incite hatred against Falun Gong.
The protests in Shishou in June are a clear example where local citizens protested over an injustice having nothing to do with Falun Gong, while the state-run media aimed to portray it as Falun Gong-incited unrest. Since the Olympics last year, CCP officials have used this tactic with greater frequency. The purpose is apparently two-fold: 1) to divert attention away from the injustice at hand and 2) to utilize and build upon the stigma against Falun Gong that has been fostered by the Chinese state-run media over the past ten years in an effort to facilitate a systematic, CCP-run campaign that has left thousands of Falun Gong practitioners dead from torture and abuse, and millions victimized by arbitrary detention or imprisonment.
The Falun Dafa Information Center, like all who care deeply about the Chinese people, is saddened by the lead poisoning of children in Wugang. While covering the story of the victims in Wugang, we ask that international media also investigate and expose how the CCP -- instead of addressing the grievances of these distraught parents directly -- is merely spinning them in an effort to further vilify the peaceful faith of Falun Gong practitioners.