Practitioners arrived on the Parliament Square at 9 am. They continuously demonstrated the five sets of exercises. Their elegant and peaceful movements drew the attention of many spectators. Even though many news agencies had shown no interest before the event due to the terrorists' attacks in the US, once the activity started many news agencies did show up and conducted long interviews.
During the noontime, the vice Chairman of the Parliament granted an interview with the Falun Gong delegation.
At 12.30pm, a press conference was held in the Parliament Square. Many government officials, including a former European Union Parliament Chairwoman, a vice Chairman of the Italian Parliament, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and the NTC Association Chairman gave speeches and highly praised Falun Gong practitioners' benevolence and peacefulness. They called "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" the mutual values of human kind. They expressed their support for the legal rights Falun Gong practitioners have and called upon the Chinese government to stop the brutal persecution of Falun Gong. A Falun Gong representative also briefed the audience about the current situation in which Jiang Zemin's regime has stepped up their nationalized terrorism policy to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners.
At 3pm, the parade started from the famous Spain Square. Walking in the front was European Parliament member Marco Panella, as well as many NTC members. They marched to the Chinese Embassy. An Italian practitioner read the appeal letter to the ambassador. Mr. Panella went to the embassy to present the appeal letter. The embassy, however, refused to accept it.
In the evening, practitioners gathered in Spain Square to hold a candle light vigil to mourn the 283 practitioners who have died as a consequence of the brutal persecution.
Hands of Cain Chairman Sergio D'Elia speaks
Parliament member Nando Dalla Chiesa speaks
Group practice in Italian Parliament Square Parade
Marching to the Chinese Embassy
European Parliament member Marco Panella in front of the Chinese Embassy
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