Chinese Consulate Promotes Shen Yun in Barcelona

After seven years touring around the world, in its eighth season Shen Yun finally made its Spain debut at Barcelona’s Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, April 9-12. Promotion of the four performances received a boost from the consulate of the People’s Republic of China, though that may not have been its original intent. 

The Chinese consulate attempted to force the cancellation of the shows by pressuring the national theater and Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Spain’s El Mundo, the consulate used “the same forcefulness with which it prohibits inconvenient culture in its own country.”  In a personal visit, the consulate asked the theater to cancel the performances on the grounds that it “went against the interests of the Chinese Communist Party.” To the foreign ministry, the consulate suggested that failure to cancel the performance might “compromise” Spain-China relations, including economic ties.

The consulate further claimed that Shen Yun’s members were “illiterate and crazy.”

Carlos Iglesias, a human rights attorney famous for indicting high-ranking Chinese Communist Party officials including former chief Jiang Zemin for genocide and torture under Spain’s universal jurisdiction laws, has sued the Chinese consulate.

The consulate’s interference attempt drew public attention in the Catalonian capital. In addition to El Mundo, several Spanish newspapers and television stations (see reported about the performance and the consulate’s attempts to block them.

Walking down the street one morning, several Shen Yun dancers were greeted by a thumbs up from passersby who told the dancers it was incredible that Shen Yun cannot perform in China today.



El Mundo article by Juan Pablo Cardenal, author of China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image.

The Epoch Times: Chinese Consulate Tries to Cancel Shen Yun in Spain.


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