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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Letter: Calgary Shen Yun Ban -- Indefensible

Re: "Jubilee spat goes public," May 18.

Dear Editor: The Jubilee's and Minister Heather Klimchuk's treatment of Shen Yun Performing Arts is totally indefensible and every Albertan should be concerned about it.

Shen Yun is one of the top performing arts companies in the world and performs yearly at venues such as the Lincoln Centre in New York City and the London Coliseum. The performance wins the critical acclaim of discerning audiences across the globe, so why do Klimchuk and Jubilee management feel the need to be brazenly antagonistic towards Shen Yun?

If any other top performing arts companies were to grace Alberta with their world-class professionalism and book with the Jubilees, neither the Jubilee nor Klimchuk would ever dare to act as they have with Shen Yun. However, the world's other top performing arts groups are not com-posed of and presented by Falun Gong practitioners, as Shen Yun is.

It is relevant because Shen Yun exposes the ruthless and brutal persecution Falun Gong practitioners have suffered since 1999 at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. The persecution of Falun Gong is the real source of the "controversy" in this conflict.

The CCP desperately seeks to conceal from the world the crimes it has commit-ted against these prisoners of conscience simply because the exposure of those crimes will lead to the overthrow and elimination of the CCP in China.

Neil Campbell, Calgary

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