With the rights decreed by the national laws, the Falun Dafa practitioners in St Petersburg, Russia have carried out a series of group activities. They practised together to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to the public, thereby expressing their support for fellow practitioners in Mainland China who are being brutally persecuted.
As before, practitioners came to the busiest street in St Petersburg. This street is one of the most beautiful places in the city. It was also a well-known and very busy street far back in ancient times. That day, there was a special scene on the street: a group of practitioners practising Falun Gong gracefully to the accompaniment of beautiful music. They wore yellow clothes on which were printed such words: “Falun Dafa - truthfulness, benevolence, forbearance”, and “SOS Falun Gong”.
This has become a regular activity for the practitioners in St Petersburg. They come to this street on Saturdays and Sundays to provide opportunities for the residents and tourists to learn about the truth of Falun Dafa. On the street where the traffic flows heavily, the practitioners distribute Falun Dafa materials and newsletters about the “SOS, urgent, rescue Falun Dafa practitioners persecuted in China” campaign to the pedestrians. They also talk to some people to provide more information. On the information boards to the side are displayed photos of the evil persecution of Falun Gong in China, which arouse people’s interest. Occasionally groups of tourists from China have come. Some of them were very interested in Falun Dafa, but some accepted our truth clarifying materials in Chinese with fear and hesitance [being heavily influenced by Mainland propaganda].
Sometimes the disturbance from people’s notions, mind karma and external influencing factors are so strong that we felt our task of clarifying the truth was quite difficult. However, at this difficult stage, Falun Dafa practitioners have been steadily clarifying the truth to others with compassion.
Reported by the practitioners of St Petersburg, Russia
Translated on November 18, 2001
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