United States: Practitioners in New York Protest CCP "Same Song" Performance

At noon on January 15th, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate in New York to protest the Chinese Communist regime's plan to stage a performance of the "Same Song" in New York. In China, the "Same Song" is part of the programme of persecution used to systematically brainwash and "transform" Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong practitioner makes a speech Falun Gong practitioners protest in front the Chinese Consulate

Spokesperson Levi Browde made a speech at the rally. He pointed out that the "Same Song" is well-known in forced labour camps in China. In recent years, it has become a tool for the CCP to kill people by subtle means, and has been used to destroy Falun Gong practitioners psychologically. In forced labour camps, whenever there is any important activity slandering Falun Gong, the song would be sung. When a Falun Gong practitioner is brainwashed, the first thing is not writing Three Statements (renouncing Falun Gong and promising not to practise again), but singing the "Same Song." Once detainees in forced labour camps hear it, they know someone has been brainwashed. Behind the singing are ruthless violence and malicious deception, the brutality of the CCP's persecution of human rights and the human spirit. Practitioners are opposed to the performance of the "Same Song" as a Chinese New Year's celebration, as the CCP plans to do in New York and other cities over the next few weeks.

Mr. Browde read three points of appeal: First, we call for the American government to refuse these performers to enter the US, because it is a disgrace to the founding principles of the nation. Second, we call for the Radio City Music Hall to cancel this performance, because it is a shame to allow the CCP dictatorship to take advantage of the reputation of the Radio City Music Hall to justify its persecution of Chinese people. Third, we call for all New Yorkers, all Americans to recognise the brutality, falsity and deception behind the drama, let us be together to boycott this performance that is full of hypocrisy and insidiousness.

Ms. Wang, a Falun Gong practitioner who was successfully rescued to the US several months ago especially pointed out that "The Same Song" has been widely used in forced labour camps, brainwashing centres and prisons in China to reform and persecute Falun Gong practitioners. She recounted her personal experience in 2003 when she was sentenced to forced labour for a year. She was repeatedly tortured and humiliated. One of the psychological torment was that the guards and collabourators [former Falun Gong practitioners who have renounced their practice due to torture and brainwashing and assist in persecuting practitioners] attempted to intimidate, coerce and deceive her into singing the "Same Song." On one occasion, a practitioner who had been reformed told her, "These hoodlums raped you, but also force you to sing a song to say their rape was correct." As Ms. Wang refused to renounce her belief, and refused to sing the song. She was subjected to brutal tortures such as being deprived of sleep, exposed to the burning sun and forced to sit on a small stool.

Ms. Wang pointed out that in Chinese forced labour camps, if you don't sing the "Same Song," the guards and collabourators would think you have not reached their standard, and would not release you home and would continue torture you. Whenever we heard this song ring out in the labour camp, we knew it meant someone had just been 'broken'--forced to renounce his/her belief under high-pressured brutal torture and brainwashing.

Ms. Wang called upon the American people to see clearly the blood and tears and destruction of human nature behind the "Same Song," and stand out to stop this bloody exportation.

Falun Gong practitioner Chen Gang pointed out that amidst torture and death threats and ruthless violence in forced labour camps, the CCP uses this song to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners, and instigate people to give up their faith and dignity. In June 2000, for not renouncing his belief, Chen Gang was sent to a forced labour camp where he experienced all kinds of torture from intimidation, threats, ever escalating hard labour, physical punishment and sleep deprivation. In February 2001, Chen Gang succumbed after the brutal torture. The following day, with wounds all over his body, Chen Gang laid on the ground. The guards summoned a meeting of the whole division, and also brought Falun Gong practitioners from other divisions who refused to be reformed to attend. Amid cries and shouts, the guards and collabourators sang the "Same Song" to celebrate their "reformation" of Chen Gang. Chen Gang has since recanted his reformation.

The brutal persecution of Falun Gong continues today. The CCP's skillful tactics of deception and propaganda that intend to fool people are still constantly staged, and have even been exported outside China. The number of people who have been persecuted by the CCP is in the hundreds of millions. It changed its face thousands of times to deceive the people, and it has never changed its nature of harming and enslaving the people.

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