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Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Published at 23:27 GMT 00:27 UK

Text: China attacks 'superstition'

A commentary carried by Xinhua on Tuesday urged young Chinese to "become an effective force for upholding science and opposing superstition" .

It said that "although a very small number of the Falun Gong practitioners are young people, members of the Communist Youth League of China in particular, we should not underestimate the harm and influence that Falun Gong could do to the young".

"Arming the young with scientific theory and calling on them to advocate science and eradicate superstition is a matter of importance that concerns the future and destiny of the Party and the country, and will always remain an important task for us," the commentary went on.

Science is the key

"Young people should become an effective force for advocating science and opposing superstition, and firmly fight against Falun Dafa, founded by Li Hongzhi."

The commentary said scientific knowledge held the key to social progress.

"Only by depending on science can we promote national development and get an upper hand in the international arena in the future," it said.

Revitalising strategy

"To meet the challenge of international competition, we have mapped out a strategy for invigorating the country through science and education...

"Young people should master modern scientific knowledge and firmly fight against superstition, to become an active force for promoting social progress and carrying out the historical mission of revitalising the Chinese nation.

"Marxism provides a scientific world outlook which is already proven by history, and is a strong weapon enabling us to understand and reform the world.

"Only when we firmly believe in Marxism can we advocate science and oppose superstition effectively."

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