The show was introduced in the West for the first time last year in Toronto and New York City and is coming to Vancouver soon. One may wonder why boycott a cultural event? In fact, this is not an ordinary production—it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The ideology behind the theme song is psychologically disturbing to many Canadians.
So what is CCTV’s Same Song? As stated on its website, CCTV serves as the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. One of the more deceptive examples of the CCTV’s role in the persecution of Falun Gong, is a song produced by CCTV, entitled the “Same Song,” that appears to be a benign pop tune, but actually operates as a key element of the torture campaign that is being waged in China. This song, which is scheduled to be performed on February 12, 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of a variety show of the same name, is used in forced labor camps throughout China amidst torture sessions as a way of championing and celebrating the breaking of a person’s spirit through intense brainwashing and brutal violence. As the victim succumbs to the torturers and pledges total allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party, both torturer and victim alike must join in singing The Same Song.
CCTV follows the CCP’s plans and mandates as well as those of the Central Propaganda Department. “Its tactics are virtually identical to those used in Nazi Germany, in Rwanda, during the massacre of the Tutsi by the Hutu, and in Yugoslavia under Slobodan Milosevic,” rights lawyer Terry Marsh explains. “In all of these massacres, not only is the message always the same (‘Destroy them or they will destroy you’), but the name of the mass crime that follows is genocide or ethnic cleansing, and now we’re seeing something similar propagated against Falun Gong in China.”
“CCTV has effectively created a network of lies about Falun Gong,” adds Marsh, “that encourages and incites the public, the police and other security forces in China to subject practitioners of Falun Gong to unlawful arrests and detention, organ harvesting, torture as well as brutal forms of brainwashing, and indoctrination techniques to force practitioners to renounce their belief in the tenets of Falun Gong.”
Therefore, the Falun Dafa Association urges you to write a letter to government officials requesting to keep this damaging Communist propaganda out of our cultural events and to bar entry to this traveling troupe from China on the basis of humanitarian grounds. The Same Song is merely a tool of persecution, a symbol of shame and evil and should not be allowed to spread its message of hate in our society.
Take action now--write a letter to:
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mackay:
Fax: (613) 992-2337
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day:
Fax: (613) 995-1154
Immigration Minister Diane Finley:
Fax (613) 996-9749