Nine followers of the banned Falun Gong cult have been detained and charged for hacking into local cable television systems to broadcast video material about the illegal sect.
The incident on March 5 interrupted the normal night-time broadcasting of cable TV programs in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, and also in Qianguo County of Songyuan City, Jilin Province, local police officers said.
At around 7:19 pm, some citizens of Changchun suddenly found the scheduled cable TV programs came to a halt, and were followed up by an unclear and intermittent video broadcast about Falun Gong.
The same incident also occurred in Qianguo County at approximately the same time.
Investigations show that some of the detained Falun Gong members had cut off the TV transmission lines and used self-made mini-broadcasting equipment to propagate fallacies of the cult. One suspect was caught on the spot.
The case was a well-organized, premeditated crime with a clear evil purpose, local police officers said.
The Changchun-based "110" emergency handling center received over 4,655 calls from the public on March 5. People reported that they saw Falun Gong video programs on TV and expressed their strong indignation.
"This time we see that Falun Gong also makes the people a target in addition to the government. They will never let us have a stable and easy life," said Wang Guohui, a primary school teacher in Changchun.
"Falun Gong has already disrupted social order and disturbed people's normal lives, which deserves a hard crackdown by the government. We will not enjoy a happy and comfortable living environment until the evil cult is uprooted," a retired man told local media.
These Falun Gong practitioners had violated the Criminal Law ofChina, and thus should be sternly punished in accordance with the law, according to Li Jie, professor of the Law School at Jilin University.
"Every nation in the world will crack down severely on any crime that harms public infrastructure, regardless of its political and religious motives," Li added.