"Lies Don't Travel Far:" The CCP Continues Its Attempts to Interfere with the Divine Performing Arts in Germany
(Clearwisdom.net) There is a proverb in Germany that says, "Lies don't travel far" (Lugen haben kurze Beine). This sentence describes the ugly tactics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which continues to spread lies in Germany and many other countries. The CCP regards the global tour of the Divine Performing Arts as a thorn in its side, thus, no effort is spared to try to interfere and damage the company's reputation in every country. However, its underhanded tactics are exposed every time.
On December 18, 2007, New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin made public to The Epoch Times a letter he received from the Chinese Consulate General in New York, which threatened him, saying that if he went to see Holiday Wonders performed by the Divine Performing Arts, "Chinese and American relations" would be affected. The Assemblyman didn't buy into the Communist agenda. He said, "The CCP [Chinese Communist Party] insists to the world that there is only one China. They seek to drown out alternative voices. They fear that the world will learn the truth of their 'Animal Farm' regime."
Cultural departments in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, the capital, and Linkoping also received threatening letters from the CCP. They were notified that the Divine Performing Arts had a Falun Gong background, and if the performance was not canceled, the relationship between their two countries would be affected. This ploy had the opposite effect from what was intended. Swedish officials considered it blasphemous to Sweden's democracy and freedom, and they asked China to issue an apology and an explanation. Local, national, and international media all reported on this incident, and people lined up to purchase tickets to see the show. Once again, the CCP has shot itself in the foot.
The Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular appeared in Duisburg, Germany, on February 13 and 14, 2008, their first stop in Europe this year. The CCP regarded this as a critical situation. Earlier this year, a CCP official in Bonn saw flyers about the Spectacular in a Chinese restaurant and shouted: "This is Falun Gong, Falun Gong is our 'enemy'..." Afterwards, one of the organizers of the Spectacular in Duisburg disclosed that the CCP made an attempt to stop the show; however, it went forward as planned.
Discerning people understand at a glance that the CCP already has exhausted its repertoire of clumsy tricks in Germany. In May 2007, the media reported that a hacker from the CCP military invaded the computer system of the German Chancellor's Department. After German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the Dalai Lama in her office in September of last year, the CCP retaliated by canceling a meeting with a German high level official. They also attempted to pressure Mrs. Merkel to apologize for the meeting, but she adamantly refused. Her actions were praised by the German media.
There were many reports filed in Germany on the CCP's violations of their human rights. On January 24, 2008, four reporters from the German Channel 1 visited Yuan Weijing, the wife of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng in Shandong. They were violently driven away by police, and the German media were in an uproar. In April 2007, the influential papers Die Welt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) interviewed former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour and renowned international human rights lawyer David Matas. These two gentlemen were invited to Germany to talk about their independent report about organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.
The evil nature of the CCP remains unchanged and those in charge won't stop their efforts because of this. They continue to put pressure on the Chinese people in Germany, especially Chinese international students. The Party attempts to stop them from seeing the show through bribes, threats, and payments.
One lady told her friend that practices Falun Gong that she wanted to see the Spectacular and judge for herself whether it is good or bad. Her son also wanted to go. The father was originally against it, but now he wants to see it, too. Another overseas Chinese said, "What is wrong with displaying excellent traditional culture, such as that of Yue Fei, who was totally dedicated to his country, and Mu Lan, who joined the army for her father?" After another person, who is often the target of the Chinese Embassy's "united front," learned the facts about Falun Gong, he was very surprised and said he, too, wanted to see the performance.
Lies don't travel far. I sincerely advise the embassy personnel, who work themselves to death for the CCP, to stop doing the wrong thing, stop slandering the performance, and stop persecuting Falun Gong.