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Stop Chinese Consul General Compromising U.S. Sovereignty

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Chinese Consul General Gao Zhansheng must immediately stop intimidating U.S. local public officials and interfering U.S.-based performance – Shen Yun.

On January 18, 2012, Gao Zhansheng, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco, urged a Seattle City councilor not to provide a proclamation or letter of support to the Shen Yun Performing Arts dance company, not to attend its performances, and not to give media interviews related to the show in the form of a letter (see attached document).

It’s an intrusion upon any public officials in the U.S. for China through its San Francisco Consul General to tell a public official that one should oppose a performance in the U.S.  It’s not just insulting but actually astonishing that a foreign country representative attempts to dictate a U.S. local public official what he/she should do or not do in the land of U.S.. It’s contrary to the principles of all Americans.

The foundation of American Constitution is freedom of speech.  It is Shen Yun performers’ constitutional right to express respect for those Falun Gong practitioners who have been brutally persecuted in China through dances, songs, and music. For a foreign government to suppress this kind of expression through such a marvelous show is insulting America.  We respectfully urge Secretary of State Clinton to order a response of appropriate nature to inform China and SF Consul General Gao that this incident is not acceptable in the United States of America.

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