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Thursday, 22 July, 1999, 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
Text of notice banning Falun Gong
The announcement was broadcast on state TV
The official announcement banning the Falun Gong group as carried by China's official state news agency Xinhua:

The People's Republic of China Ministry of Civil Affairs decided on 22 July 1999 that the Falun Dafa Institute, and the Falun Gong organisation under its manipulation, is an unlawful organisation that has to be outlawed.

The following announcement is made in accordance with that decision:

  • No-one may hang or post in any place streamers, pictures, insignias or other signs that advertise Falun Dafa (Falun Gong).
  • No-one may distribute in any place books, magazines, audio and video products, and any other propaganda materials that advertise Falun Dafa (Falun Gong).
  • No-one may assemble in any place people for promoting Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) activities, such as "synthesizing energy" or "fostering the Falun law."
  • Activities, such as assemblies, parades, and demonstrations held in the form of sitting in and submitting petitions, for the purpose of protecting and advertising Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) are prohibited.
  • All forms of activities of inciting the public to disturb social order through fabricating and distorting facts, or spreading rumours deliberately, are prohibited.
  • No-one may organize, link up, and command activities of contesting relevant government decisions.

Those whose acts of violating the above rules constitute a crime shall be held accountable for their crime; and if their acts do not constitute a crime, they shall be disciplined or punished according to the law.

[signed] The PRC Ministry of Public Security

[dated] 22 July 1999

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