More Than a Dozen Shanghai Practitioners Arrested at Home While Watching the Chinese New Year Splendour on NTDTV

At around 9:00 a.m. on February 22nd, 2008, more than one dozen practitioners were arrested while watching the New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) Chinese New Year Splendour in Mr. Ma Guobiao's home. Police ransacked the home and detained Mr. Ma and his parents at the Jiading District Detention Centre. The remaining practitioners are being detained at their home district detention centres.

The NTDTV Chinese New Year Splendour is performed by the Divine Performing Arts Company to promote five thousand years of genuine traditional Chinese culture. The arrest of Mr. Ma's family and other practitioners is an example of how Chinese people do not have the right to watch this show in the privacy of their own homes. These arrests also show that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is fearful of the public watching this performance. We call upon people of the world to express their concern and condemn these human rights violations in China.

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