“They have told us that they have returned the money to our credit card—and that’s it, fun88 nothing else. That’s all they have told us,” González said. “The person at the box office didn’t know anything, he just mentioned technical problems, and that’s it. We were all saying: ‘How strange? How strange? Well, technical problems can be fixed.’ Well, they haven’t been fixed.” Another audience member, Alfonso Gutiérrez Villaca?as, expressed his disappointment with the theater’s handling of the cancelation. “They didn’t say anything to me, just that it was canceled and they slammed the door in our noses. They told us nothing, neither what the reason was, nor have they explained anything to us,”?Villaca?as said. “Well, I feel totally disappointed, deceived, hurt, offended because I bought the tickets as a gift for my wife for Christmas and it was a very unique gift, very endearing, and the truth is that I felt very hot88电竞 hurt.” He continued, “You get dressed, you primp yourself to come and see a performance in a theater like the one we have, and when you get here, they slam the door in your face. It’s sad, it’s sad, especially when they don’t have any consideration for us.” Like Villaca?as, fellow audience member Elena González Gutiérrez said she was very upset about the cancelation and has made a formal complaint with the theater. “I have filed a claim [with the theatre]—since they give you a copy I will also present it directly to the town hall. So I will go straight to the top management, and will I not let up until something is done,” Gutiérrez said. WOIPFG’s investigation revealed the Chinese Ambassador to Spain, Lü Fan, admitting that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater to pressure him into canceling Shen Yun performances. The organization said it conducted the investigation after seeing media reports about possible Chinese embassy interference to pressure the theater into canceling the performance. As part of its undercover investigation, on Jan. 22, WOIPFG made a phone call to the Chinese Embassy, posing as a high-level Chinese government official. The person who took the call identified himself as Lü, according to the press release. “The investigation confirmed that the cancellation of the theater’s contract with the Shen Yun organizers was entirely the result of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) interferences,” WOIPFG said in its statement, and released an audio recording of the phone call on its website, posted on Jan. 28. “Lü Fan personally put pressure on the theater to cancel the contract with Shen Yun Performing Arts. By using the CCP’s control of the large Chinese market as an enticement, Lü Fan and the theater’s director jointly planned to cancel the Shen Yun performances under the pretext of technical difficulties,” WOIPFG said on its website. Lü explained how he convinced the Royal Theater’s general manager to cancel Shen Yun by warning the theater “can’t afford to lose the Chinese market because of this,” according to the phone call. He said he also worked closely with the general manager to come up with a reason to cancel the show—which was subsequently used by the theater. Founded in 2006, Shen Yun’s annual productions have toured hundreds of theaters around the world, with sell-out shows in New York, Barcelona, and many other cities.