加州理工大學校園法輪功活動照常進行

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【明慧網2000年2月25日】Caltech Did Not Bow to China"s Intervention Concerning On-Campus FalunGong Activity

加州理工大學沒有向中國的干涉卑躬屈膝:校園法輪功活動照常進行

On the morning of Feb. 18, Ramanuj Basu, Audience Services Manager of Caltech Public Events Office, received a phone call from Liu Wan-sheng, who identified himself as a consular from the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. "I am representing the Chinese government," Liu said. He asked Basu to cancel a seminar event to be held by Caltech Falun Club on the morning of Feb. 20 in Baxter Auditorium of Caltech. Liu said: "Falun Gong is illegal in China". "I really wanted to tell them that this is an American University." Ram said. He then told the caller that this issue should be handled by the Office of Vice President for student affairs. The Vice President, Professor Brennen, was surprised to learn about the request from the Chinese government.

2月18日上午,加州理工大學公眾活動辦公室某經理Ramanuj Basu接到一個叫劉萬聲(譯音)者的電話,劉聲稱自己是中國駐洛杉磯領事館的一名領事。「我代表中國政府。」劉在電話中說。他要求Basu先生取消加州理工大學法輪功俱樂部主辦即將於2月20日在加州理工大學巴克斯特禮堂進行的一個法輪功學術活動。劉說:「法輪功在中國是非法的。」「我當時真想告訴他們,這是一所美國的大學。」Basu先生說。他告訴打來電話的人,這件事應該由負責學生事務的副校長辦公室處理。當副校長,即Brennen教授,得知中國政府的這項要求時,感到很意外。

Before that, in his email response to the invitation to the seminar, Prof. Brennen told John Li, the president of Caltech Falun Club, "Let me assure you and the Caltech community that Caltech has no intention of taking any action to interfere with the lawful activities of the Caltech Falun Gong Club. Moreover we remain committed to the free exchange of information throughout the world."

在此之前,當收到加州理工大學法輪功俱樂部主席John Li的邀請時,Brennen教授用電子信件回覆道:「讓我向你和加州理工大學的社團保證,加州理工大學無意採取任何行動干涉加州理工大學法輪功俱樂部的合法活動。此外,我們會繼續承擔在全世界自由交流信息的義務。」

The president of Caltech, Nobel Prize laureate in Biology, David Baltimore, also told John Li on Feb. 15 in his email response to the invitation to the seminar, "I certainly support your right to practice your faith."

加州理工大學校長,曾榮獲諾貝爾生物學獎的David Baltimore先生在接到此學術活動邀請後也於2月15日用電子信件告訴John Li:「我當然支持你實踐自己信仰的權利。」

Two Caltech security officers were present during the seminar to prevent any interference.

法輪功學術活動舉辦期間,兩名加州理工大學的保安官員到場,以防止任何形式的干擾事故。

Several months ago, Caltech also rejected China"s request to remove the Caltech Falun Club website.

幾個月之前,加州理工大學同樣拒絕了中國關於取消加州理工大學法輪功俱樂部網站的要求。(2000年2月24日報導)

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