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Police to Investigate Sabotage Attempt on Shen Yun Bus

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Shen Yun Performing Arts is on a five-city tour of Canada this month. But after one of its tour buses left Ottawa, the bus driver discovered that someone had cut thin slashes in the vehicle’s front tires.

According to the driver, if he hadn’t noticed the slashes in time, the tires could have burst when the bus drove on the highway.

[Mr. Liang, Shen Yun Performing Arts Bus Driver]:
“The cuts were all 4 to 5 inches in length. When I went to the vehicle service station for an inspection, they said the cuts were made by a very thin craft knife that had a very sharp blade. They suggested we change the tires, because if we traveled on the highway, when the temperature rises from rotation of the tires, particularly on the side spots where it was thin, if the front tires burst, the vehicle would become very difficult to control.”

So who slashed the tires? Police in Ottawa say the case is still under investigation. But the head of the organization that’s presenting Shen Yun in Canada suspects agents of the Chinese Communist Party—or CCP—tried to sabotage the bus.

[Li Xun, President, Canada Falun Dafa Association]:
“Actually, the Chinese communist regime interferes with Shen Yun in Canada every year.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts seeks to provide authentic Chinese culture—culture that was intentionally destroyed in the 1960s and ’70s under the Communist Party. Some of Shen Yun’s songs and dances also allude to the CCP’s persecution of the Falun Dafa spiritual group.

Over the past year, the CCP has tried to intervene in several arts events portraying what it deems “sensitive” topics. In August, CCP agents in Melbourne, Australia tried to stop a local film festival from showing a documentary about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer. In October, the CCP successfully blocked two Chinese political dissidents from speaking at a book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.