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Vice Premier Calls for Determined Fight Against Falun Gong Cult (2001-02-28)


  BEIJING, February 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li  Lanqing has called on Party organizations, officials at various  levels and the general public to carry on with the determined  fight against the Falun Gong cult, in order to create a favorable  environment for social and economic development.
  He made the call at a grand gathering Monday in Beijing  organized by seven Party and government departments to commend 110 organizations and 271 individuals that have distinguished  themselves in the fight against the Falun Gong cult.
  Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political  Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, lauded  the efforts of the organizations and individuals in combating the  cult.
  He condemned the cult for deceiving the people in the name of " truthfulness, kindness and tolerance", exerting "spiritual control " over its followers by preaching nonsense like "the end of the  world", and its defiance of the law in organizing illegal  demonstrations and disturbing social order.
  The cult has greatly hurt the physical and mental health of its followers, undermined the interests of the people, and greatly  disturbed China's economic construction, social order and  political stability, he said.
  The vice premier pointed out that the actions taken by the  Chinese government have been proved correct, and completely  conform to the historical tide of human civilization and the  interests of the state and the people.
  The actions have also won the understanding and support of the  Chinese people, the overseas compatriots, and countries and  individuals worldwide on the side of righteousness.
  While stressing the need for continued struggle against the  small bunch of stubborn followers who have become criminals, the  vice premier also called for the greatest efforts to save the  majority of the cult's followers by persuasion, reason and law, so that they will rid themselves of the spiritual fetters of the  Falun Gong cult and return to normal society as soon as possible.  Enditem  

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