November 2, 1999 |
After a week in which hundreds of members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement defied China's security apparatus by silently demonstrating in Tiananmen Square, the two sides appear stuck in an uneasy standoff. Beijing's claims of victory in smashing the movement and getting its followers to abandon their faith are at best premature. But Falun Gong disciples' optimism that the protests can overturn the government ban on the group seems equally unrealistic.
October 22, 1999 |
Leaders of the banned Falun Gong meditation sect made a fortune through illegal publication of the group's books and tapes, Chinese government-controlled media reported in Beijing. The reports said millions of tapes and books were sold illegally, enriching founder Li Hongzhi, who lives in exile in New York, and his top assistants in China. Li has denied that he amassed wealth from Falun Gong. Police say the group's leaders made $4.
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September 11, 1999 |
The United States released a report on religious freedom worldwide Thursday, concluding that much of the world's population lives in countries in which religious freedoms are restricted. Many of the countries faulted, including China, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, regularly show up on the annual U.S. list of overall human rights abusers. But the report also criticized some U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for intolerance.
August 25, 1999 |
China vowed Tuesday to punish leading members of the outlawed meditation group Falun Gong, in the strongest indication yet that the group's organizers will be prosecuted. An order issued by the executive offices of the ruling Communist Party's Central Committee and the State Council, or cabinet, outlined ways government work teams pressing a crackdown against Falun Gong are to treat the group's practitioners.
August 4, 1999 |
China has put out a reward for information leading to the capture of the leader of a banned meditation sect who lives in the United States, state-run media reported Tuesday. Li Hongzhi, leader of the banned Falun Gong sect, topped a list of wanted criminals put out by Chinese police, who will begin paying rewards of more than $6,000 for tips leading to their arrest, the Beijing Evening News reported, quoting police sources. China issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Li, who lives in New York.
July 25, 1999 |
Chinese police rounded up more members of the banned meditation sect Falun Gong on Saturday, and the group used Web sites to report claims that protesters were attempting to converge on Beijing. However, there was little activity in Beijing by the group Saturday, as temperatures soared to 105 degrees. In the city's Beihai Park, near the Zhongnanhai compound where China's leaders live and work, about 30 Falun Gong members were surrounded and detained by police.
July 24, 1999 |
Hundreds of neatly dressed, nearly silent followers of Falun Gong, the spiritual movement banned Thursday by the Chinese government, gathered across the street from the Chinese Consulate here Friday to protest Beijing's crackdown on their movement. There were no slogans, no banners and none of the chanting or stridence that routinely accompany demonstrations here.
July 23, 1999 |
In an ideological campaign on a scale not seen here since the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre 10 years ago, China on Thursday launched an all-out offensive against the mystical Falun Gong sect, whose followers have shocked the government with their loyalty to an exiled leader and their formidable powers of mass organization.
April 26, 1999 |
In the largest demonstration in the Chinese capital since the pro-democracy protests of 1989, thousands of followers of a religious sect massed near Tiananmen Square on Sunday to demand official recognition of their beliefs, testing government tolerance of public assembly during a politically sensitive year. Devotees of the Buddhist offshoot group Falun Gong began descending on the central government compound here well before dawn.
November 10, 1998 |
In the shadow of the snowcapped mountains separating China's western provinces from Tibet, monks at a scattering of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries struggle to keep their religion alive. Just as part of the daily meditation involves cultivating flowers and trees on the grounds, the monks and lamas are devoted to sowing the seeds of Buddhism in a modern world. On this arid plateau, neither is easy.