Falun Gong web salvos
Written by Bwog Staff
An odd article popped up on our Google alerts today: the news that the Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association posted “a statement on its Web site on Wednesday that calls for the ‘execution’ of ‘anyone who offends China'” (which it appears actually happens). It’s from the Epoch Times, which is known to be a mouthpiece for followers of Falun Gong, which may or may not qualify as a cult.
Bwog couldn’t find that statement on CUCSSA’s website. But we did find a report alleging that Columbia University Falun Dafa’s president had barged in on CUCSSA’s president while he was doing research in Mudd, attempting to interview him for a Falun Gong-affiliated TV station.
We’re not sure where the facts stop and the spin begins on this one.
UPDATE, 7/16, 9:15 PM EST: According to SGB Chair Jonathan Siegel: “Both CUCSSA and Falun Dafa have been SGB groups for many, many years, although Falun Dafa has not been funded for several years – they don’t meet SGB’s requirements (10 undergraduates, and an undergraduate president and treasurer) for funding. They both are almost exclusively graduate student groups, although until this year CUCSSA has usually had an undergraduate president and treasurer. As far as I know, the first major incident between the two groups was in the last few months of the spring semester when CUCSSA aggressively protested an event Falun Dafa had about organ harvesting in China. Falun Dafa filed a complaint with the SGB and the University at that time. Since then Falun Dafa has sent us several other complaints (we aren’t officially investigating any of this until the fall semester, since many of our board members are out of town), including CUCSSA’s web posting. The posting is in Chinese, and once we begin our investigation we’ll be having it translated to see what CUCSSA actually said.”
SGB is looking into the incident, and may take disciplinary action when the year starts.