(Minghui.org) The serious conflicts between American Ethan Gutmann and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je have attracted widespread attention from politicians and media ahead of Taiwan's municipal elections on November 24.

Gutmann, author of The Slaughter (an investigative report detailing China's state-sanctioned organ transplant business) and who is not a Falun Gong practitioner, stated in his book that Ko, a surgeon-turned-mayor who is seeking a second term, knew many of the organs were from Falun Gong practitioners. In response, Ko filed a defamation lawsuit against Gutmann.

We have noticed that quite a few practitioners in Taiwan, America, and Europe have been moved by this. They post comments online and stir up trouble, even after the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan announced Master's instruction as relayed by Tang Zhong.

Moreover, practitioner Tung Winifred, who once criticized Ko on an everyday people's TV show in Taiwan four years ago, has continued to attack Ko on TV after receiving the announcement from the Falun Dafa Association earlier this year.

To this day, this incident has resulted in many repercussions for practitioners and non-practitioners alike. As coordinators in Taiwan, we have had many discussions among ourselves, and we have been following the instruction, which tells practitioners to not get involved or used. However, the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan and we as coordinators are having trouble stopping the disturbance from spreading among practitioners in America, Europe, and other Asian countries. We are extremely worried to see the practitioners being moved by this matter.

Practitioners in Taiwan

Comment from Master: Whoever gets involved in these things is not a truly cultivating disciple. Over all the many years of our persecution there have always been people with ulterior motives who have sought to use us for political ends. But none of them will ever succeed.

(Team Yellow Translation)

Master's comment: Anyone who involves him or herself in this matter is not a genuinely cultivating disciple. Over the many years that we have been persecuted, people with ulterior motives have always wanted to use us to get involved in politics. No one can succeed in doing so!

(Team Blue Translation)

October 4, 2018