The Shen Yun Performing Arts will begin their first Hong Kong performances at the end of January. Previously, tickets for its seven shows nearly sold out in a week, but the Chinese authorities have broken into the homes of ticket holders and ordered the tickets to be handed over.
Minghui.net reports that a couple named Yang Jun and Li Jia, residents of the Qingshan District of Wuhan city, Hubei Province, purchased seven Shenyun show tickets for their family. The couple moved to Guangzhou city to stay with their son and his pregnant wife while waiting to go to the show in Hong Kong.
Yang and Li are both Falun Gong practitioners, and have been under surveillance by the Communist regime’s police. When the authorities learned that the couple had purchased tickets to Shenyun, five police officers from the Qingshan District, Guangzhou City, and Panyu District Public Safety Bureaus broke into their son’s home on Jan. 8, 2010, and threatened to throw them in jail if they did not hand over the tickets.
Yang was forced to hand over four of the tickets. The police continued to harass them for the rest but Yang refused. Eight other police officers came back the next day; Yang and Li, however, had left.
Afterwards, the police frequently telephoned Yang’s son and daughter-in-law, demanding that they reveal the whereabouts of their parents.
Former Chinese Official: The Chinese Communist Regime Does Not Like the Spread of Shenyun
The mission of the U.S-based Shenyun Performing Arts is to rediscover the essence of traditional divine culture and to bring its beauty to audiences worldwide and the show has become popular in recent years.
In Canada, the National Arts Centre has opened “standing room” tickets for sale one day in advance of the opening show on Jan 10, it is a rare occurrence over the Centre’s 40-year history.
Since Shenyun has scheduled performances in Hong Kong, the regime’s police have been threatening the artists’ family members in China and ordered them to sign guarantee statements promising that Shenyun will not go to Hong Kong and Macau.
Zhang Kaichen, former Shenyang Minister of Propaganda, saw the show in Philadelphia and commented that it was the most pure, natural, vivid, and touching show that he had ever watched. As a former member of the regime’s inner circle, Zhang is not a stranger to the regime’s way of controlling people. When talking about the regime’s interference with Shenyun’s performances worldwide since day one, Zhang called it “ridiculous and pathetic.”
“The CCP has reached a dead end and has failed, especially in their attempts to stop Shenyun,” he states. Zhang explained why the regime intends to stop Shenyun from performing: “The divine culture Shenyun presents contrasts sharply with the communist culture. In China, social conflicts and political or religious persecutions are everywhere. The Communist regime does not want people to compare China’s society to the innocent, benevolent and tolerant world depicted in the show.”
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