From the Austrian Falun Dafa Association
To the Ambassador of the PR China in Austria
Vienna, 18th February 2002
Dear Mr Ambassador,
We became aware of your plans to hold an exhibition on Falun Gong in your embassy.
We often already have to deal with the methods the Chinese authorities use in order to "clear up" this subject. Past experiences have shown that in China they range from degrading treatment and torture to killings.
Since the ban on the peaceful and non-violent Falun Gong movement, whose principles are "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance", over 360 human beings have already died as a result of torture.
In order to justify such actions, effective means of propaganda are surely needed. As there is, for example, a staged self-immolation video that the Chinese government uses to fool its people and to instigate hatred against the innocent Falun Gong practitioners. As reports about slanderous exhibitions in London or Ottawa prove, this practice is also being continued in countries outside China.
Please allow us to invite you to have a talk with us about this matter and to get to know our point of view, because we are thoroughly convinced that the truth will exist forever and lies, deceptions and distortions will sooner or later be exposed and revealed.
For us the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" are the most important guidance for all of our actions. Therefore we appeal to your conscience that you don't cooperate in a persecution campaign against people, who only intend to make the world a little more friendlier, a little more merciful and a little more worth living; people, who you can only blame for holding on to their imperturbable belief in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance; people, who don't have any political intentions; people, who through their unselfish way of living, greatly enrich the positive functioning of the society; people, who disapprove of violence and who favour peace and a peaceful coexistence of different views; people, who are only demanding the rights to continue a practice which impedes nobody; people, who practice Falun Gong.
We understand that you have to meet high requirements to do your duty as a representative of a large and esteemed nation, and we understand the importance of your actions in relationship with other countries. And that's just why we hope that you don't shut yourself off from the truth. We hope that in Austria there won't be any exhibition or event where Austrian citizens will be agitated against a group that is also recognized in Austria. Otherwise we reserve the right to engage a legal representative on our behalf.
Chairman of the Austrian Falun Dafa Association
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