Anti-Falun Gong Campaign Ventures into the Workplace

Distributing "anti-xiejiao" materials at Guangxi Zhaoxin Pingzhou Electronics. (Image via Bitter Winter)

Distributing "anti-xiejiao" materials at Guangxi Zhaoxin Pingzhou Electronics. (Image via Bitter Winter)

According to Bitter Winter, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) anti-Falun Gong propaganda is being taught in mandatory indoctrination workshops for employees and factory workers in Guangxi Province.

Earlier this year, Falun Dafa Information Center published an article detailing the recent rise of an anti-Falun Gong petition campaign in China led by the CCP. This campaign, beginning in early 2023, is largely driven by the use of WeChat, a social media app used by virtually every Chinese citizen.

Upon receiving a QR code, WeChat users are directed to the China Anti-Cult Association profile page, which features five buttons for users to complete in steps. The requirements include a tap-based signature confirmation, informational warnings (labeled as “be wary of these cults”), an “anti-cult database,” a “questionnaire” and a “ranking list of signatures by region.” The online petition thus required WeChat users to read photos and stories that maliciously framed and misrepresented Falun Gong and other religious practices.

Among the manipulative stories included the long-disproved self-immolation incident staged by the CCP in January of 2001 and fabricated accounts accusing Falun Gong practitioners of murder.

The calculated reach of the campaign was widespread, with the CCP utilizing multiple facets of society including the police force, Public Security Bureaus, school administrations, and CCP committees on the municipal, village, and neighborhood scale to help implement its campaign. Party members would also go door-to-door to solicit petition signatures and would even offer other incentives such as free blood pressure measurements by the local village clinic. Banners, posters, brochures, and publicity events were frequently utilized to drive the CCP’s crooked campaign.

According to state-released numbers, the CCP’s deceptive marketing garnered tens of millions of petition signatures, reflecting how unceasing their attempts to pressure everyday citizens to align themselves with the party’s hostile attitude toward Falun Gong are.

More recently, as a continuation of the campaign described above, corporations in China have begun to incorporate propaganda as part of employees’ mandatory educational workshops. This latest move seeks to indoctrinate individuals not just through social media or local supermarkets, malls, and events, but also at their place of work.

“This campaign is the latest reminder that the victims of the CCP’s persecution are not only Falun Gong practitioners,” said Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. “The tactics involved are creating a coercive and intimidating environment targeting all Chinese citizens.”

Employees at Guangxi Zhaoxin Pingzhou Electronics reported to Bitter Winter that they were fed information about xie jiao (the term used by the CCP as a derogatory label for spiritual practices like Falun Gong), with the intention to cast anything other than the government-acknowledged five religions (Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and Daoism) as being an “evil cult.”

A special desk at the Guangxi Zhaoxin Pingzhou Electronics company headquarters passed out flyers promoting atheism to employees visiting for their mandatory xie jiao classes. The CCP intends to implement this indoctrination strategy in other companies under the guise of informing the populace of dangerous “evil cults.”