Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who has been notorious for crimes of genocide, has reportedly died in Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon November 30.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported that Jiang, 96, died due to leukemia and multiple organ failure.

Jiang Zemin had been rumored to be dead several times in the past.

However, this time, Xinhua made clear that Jiang’s death was announced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Central Committee, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the State Council of China, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and the Central Military Commissions of China.

Jiang Zemin was born in 1926 in Yangzhou, China, and began to serve in the Central Committee of the CCP in 1983, and became the party’s Secretary General in 1989, until 2002. Jiang also became the state’s leader from 1993 to 2003.

From 1989 to 2004, he served as the president of China’s Central Military Commission, where he became a highly influential figure in foreign policy and national security.

During his time as Party leader, Jiang used the power in his hands to detain and kill millions of Muslim, Falun Gong practitioners, and other faith groups.

For hundreds of millions, Jiang will mostly be remembered as the architect of the most systematic, deadly, and protracted assault on Chinese citizens in decades: the persecution of Falun Gong.

He unleashed a campaign of violence, lies, and mass arrests and his victims and many Chinese with a sense of justice will breathe a sigh of relief. Although the persecution will likely continue under his henchmen.

Jiang Zemin came to see Falun Gong as a threat to the CCP on account of its popularity, independence from the state, and traditional spiritual philosophy.

On July 20, 1999, he initiated a Cultural Revolution-style campaign of propaganda, book burnings, mass imprisonment and coercive “transformation” of Falun Gong practitioners. 

Under Jiang’s leadership, the Communist Party sanctioned the systematic use of violence and torture against Falun Gong adherents in order to force them to recant their practice of Falun Gong

These tactics have led to 3,400 confirmed deaths. The real toll is likely many times higher, amidst evidence of Falun Gong prisoners being killed on demand to supply China’s organ transplantation industry. (report)

Since 1999, the Communist Party has expanded the network of gulags, rewarded torturers with promotions and bonuses, and created an extrajudicial security force called the 610 Office. It has honed its misinformation and propaganda skills, neutered the judiciary, and created the most expansive system of internet censorship and surveillance in the world. Though originally designed to target Falun Gong, these tools are now being used against a wide range of Chinese citizens.

In response to Jiang’s role orchestrating the attempted eradication of Falun Gong, he has been the target of dozens of international lawsuits.

Earlier, in the late 1980s, Jiang joined the discussion on countering the uprisings in Tibet, and the decisions taken by the CCP to deal with the situation. In March 1989, a martial law was imposed by then-leader Hu Jintao and imposed on Tibet until 1990.

According to Trial International, when high-ranked Chinese officials, including Jiang Zemin, chose to repress the Tibetan people, they imposed tighter controls on religious activities in the country, a strong smear campaign against the Dalaï Lama and his religious and political influence.

The CCP conducted stricter surveillance, and made a number of political and arbitrary arrests, as well as widespread suppression of protests.

Given his role as the Chinese leader in control of Tibet, the Spanish National Court accused Jiang of genocide and crimes against humanity for authorizing the killings which took place in Tibet, and for having promoted the massive Chinese colonization in Tibet.

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