About "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.

Analysis and Insights

Washington Post: Reporter Finds Holes in China's Tiananmen Immolation Story Read this article

National Review: Beijing is Burning - More lies from the PRC Read the article

MediaChannel: The Fires This Time:Immolation Or Deception In Beijing Read the article

WOIPFG: Investigation Uncovers More Lies in Chinese Regime's Story of Tragic Self-Immolation Incident Read this article

FalunInfo: The Tiananmen Square "Self-Immolation" Read this article

Epochtimes: Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation? Actually a Hoax Read this report

Amnesty International: Another important part of the government's propaganda campaign has been to publicise statements from people identified as former Falun Gong practitioners... Read this report

Reporters Without Borders: China's determination to prevent the foreign press from covering the activities and government repression of the Falungong clearly illustrates its rejection of independent news gathering. Read this report

About the False Fire Video Program

The video False Fire: China's Tragic New Standard in State Deception which analyzes the 2001 Tiananmen Square "self-immolation" incident, won a Certificate of Honorable Mention at the 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival. New Tang Dynasty TV, a non-profit privately owned Chinese TV station, produced the movie. The award ceremony was held in the Kansas Center, Columbus Arts College, Columbus, Ohio.

In the False Fire video program, NTD TV, who aims to provide truthful reporting and supports human rights, systematically analyzed suspicious places in the incident. The analysis exposed that the so-called self-immolation case was very likely directed by the Chinese government to frame Falun Gong and to fabricate excuses for the persecution of Falun Gong.