Chinese agents send fraudulent emails to officials and NGOs; bizarre and irrational messages aimed to discredit Falun Gong
In an elaborate attempt to discredit Falun Gong, a barrage of irrational and sometimes threatening emails from Chinese agents posing as Falun Gong adherents have been repeatedly sent to western journalists, academics, NGOs, and elected government representatives.
Some of the emails have been traced to Mainland Chinese IP addresses and are believed to be the latest attempt by the Chinese communist regime to eliminate international support for the end of the state sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong in China.
The content of the email messages are crafted to portray Falun Gong as bizarre, irrational, intolerant, and otherwise undeserving of sympathy or respect.
For example, Edmonton city councilors received one such email that among other things discussed the recent earthquake in Japan in an offensive manner, saying the victims were being punished. The tone was irrational and the writer appeared to suffer from mental illness. Again, the sender falsely claimed to be a Falun Gong practitioner.
Other emails offer nonsense about the practice of Falun Gong or threaten officials that if they do not openly practice Falun Gong then practitioners would be mobilized to ensure that they did not win reelection.
The scale and extent of this campaign remains unclear, however, the fraudulent emails have been reported in Canada, the United States, France, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand.
“These e-mails are the latest attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to mute international condemnation of the documented torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners in China by attempting to destroy the reputation of Falun Gong overseas,” states Joel Chipkar, spokesperson for Falun Gong in Canada. “It is not only a disgusting low level tactic; it is identity theft and a new form of persecution penetrating into Canada by the one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.”
In 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution condemning this and other forms of harassment and violence committed by Chinese agents against Falun Gong practitioners in the United States as part of a campaign to silence the voice of Falun Gong in order to hide the regimes crimes they are committing against Falun Gong in China.
The Falun Gong Association encourages Canadian’s who may have come in contact with messages such as this to immediately alert the Falun Dafa Information Center or their local police for investigation.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and a moral philosophy centered in the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Fearing its size and independence, in 1999 the Chinese Communist Party initiated a campaign to suppress Falun Gong through propaganda, mass imprisonment and torture. To date thousands have died in police custody and hundreds of thousands remain in prisons and labour camps.
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