Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a spiritual discipline from China. It was founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992.
People who follow Falun Gong do five exercises and read books written by Li Hongzhi. They believe in “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance”, and they also believe that the Falun Gong exercises can make them healthy, and better people. There were almost 70 million Falun Gong practitioners in China, according to the Chinese government.
In 1999, after a big Falun Gong gathering in front of a Chinese government building, the Communist Party of China said: people cannot practice Falun Gong, it is “illegal”.
The police started arresting Falun Gong followers, and according to human rights organizations, over 3000 people has been jailed and tortured to death. The Chinese government claimed that Falun Gong spread superstitions, while other suggest that Falun Gong’s popularity challenges the rule of the Chinese Communist Party.
Many people and organizations outside of China has called for the Chinese government to stop jailing and killing Falun Gong people.
It is not known how many people practice Falun Gong: The Chinese government suggests there were 70 million practitioners in China in 1998. In one article, Falun Gong’s Clearwisdom.net says there are 100 million practitioners in more than 80 countries.
Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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