Recorded Phone Investigation by WOIPFG Reveals Chinese Consulate in New York Orchestrated Hate Crime Against Falun Gong, Surrounding and Attacking the Quit-CCP Center’s Activities in Flushing, New York
May 22, 2008
On May 17, 2008, a rally held by the Quit-CCP Service Center in Flushing, New York met with vicious verbal and physical attacks from a group of Chinese people suspected to be organized and premeditated. In the following days, the daily operations at the same service center faced similar assaults. World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) immediately undertook an investigation. On the morning of May 21, a WOIPFG investigator with a special status made a telephone call to Consulate General Mr. Peng Keyu of the Chinese Consulate in New York. The following is the transcript of the recorded telephone conversation. The English is translated to be more accurate to the original Chinese.
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Investigator: Is this consulate general Mr. Peng Keyu?
Peng: Who is this?
Investigator: This is XYZ.
Peng: How are you?
Investigator: This time you have really made a huge scene in fighting Falun Gong in Flushing!
Peng: Hey, hey, hey…That’s right!
Investigator: I would like to know how you organized them?
Peng: They (Falun Gong) protest against the Chinese Communist Party! Well, I went there the day before yesterday, and also three days ago, because we have to be very careful with this kind of thing! Otherwise, people will say the Chinese consulate is behind it, agitating people. Some were among the crowd and they talked to me afterwards. I am quite familiar with them! But we encouraged them secretly! Because I showed up at the scene, everyone was very excited. The first time, they Falun Gong practitioners came, right? A few hundred people surrounded them. When they were surrounded, both sides started to argue. Finally the police persuaded Falun Gong [practitioners] to leave. The second day was the same. It was even fiercer. Then yesterday and the day before yesterday. This has been going on for 4 to 5 days.
Investigator: How did you find so many people all of sudden? Do you have experience on this?
Peng: I wouldn’t call it experience. It’s because of the overseas Chinese community. Let me put it this way. It’s because of the work focused on the overseas Chinese community. Since the incidents in Tibet and the Olympic torch relay, there is such a kind of passion… Of course, it also has to do with this earthquake. I have always gone to them and thanked them in person. On Monday I went there [Flushing], I also held two meetings. I ran other things on the scene. I went to their Association in person to thank them…because Falun Gong was there nearby.
Peng: Paying visits like this would sometimes create something like an encouraging effect.
Investigator: Didn’t the consulate do any ideological work on the Chinese community?
Peng: What do you mean?
Investigator: In other words, giving them a hint or some guidance.
Peng: (Laughing with satisfaction) Oh! Indeed, we have done it! To tell you frankly, we have done it! It’s something we cannot openly tell outsiders, we have done it. Sometimes we give them hints, in and out. We say something to Chinese community leaders. Yes, I have done it very often, especially this time! I often say something that you describe as hints. Yes, I have done it! I do it very frequently! Including this time when I went out to the scene! I have done that! I have even agitated them! I said, “Write some reports!” I say things like this. Today I told the people from the CCTV, “You guys should take some footage of these phenomena.” It is not bad indeed. I can only tell you the facts secretly. Well…
Investigator: It appears you have done the solid work on the Chinese community leaders on the regular base.
Peng: I would say I have kept a very good relationship with them. Given their passion, I must go in person. Showing up in person or not makes a lot of difference in terms of effect, so I pay them personal visits frequently. This way those overseas Chinese people would feel closer to me at heart. For example, they came over after they fought with Falun Gong [practitioners] and I shook hands with them one by one and thanked them. I say nice, encouraging words to them. This is what I must do. To tell you the facts, I must do it when the thing has been done to this point, yet I must not do things like that right in front of Falun Gong. I parked my car far from the scene because I must avoid being seen by them [Falun Gong practitioners]. I must be really careful in this regard; otherwise, people will accuse me of this or that. This will give them [Falun Gong practitioners] leverage. That will not be good. You know, I have been very careful. When they came down here and told me that they had driven them out, I shook hands with them. I said thank you and made a few encouraging remarks. In addition, I held a press conference and condemned Falun Gong. It was yesterday when I held a press conference.
Investigator: Did you have the press conference in the name the Chinese consulate general in New York?
Peng: The consulate general. Condemn. It is on the newspaper today. I read the news today. The China Press (Qiao Bao) made a very detailed report.
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The entire conversation revealed that the whole incident in Flushing has nothing to do with Sichuan earthquake or earthquake relief, and that incident was not initiated by local residents spontaneously. Instead, this incident was controlled by CCP and was orchestrated by and directly involved the Chinese Consulate in New York. WOIPFG will closely follow up the investigation of this incident.
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