On July the 6th 2004, Falun Gong practitioners in City of Irkutsk rallied in front of the State Government compound and held a press conference to expose the Jiang regime's crime of hiring thugs to shoot practitioners. Practitioners strongly condemned this terrorist act.
|Reporters interviewing practitioners|
The rally started at 11am and ended at 2 pm. During this period, practitioners distributed Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials to passersby. Many pedestrians stopped to view posters showing illustrations of torture methods used to persecute practitioners and photos of the shooting incident. Quite a few of them then took the initiative to sign their names to show their support to Falun Gong.
Before the rally, practitioners invited local media to attend this press conference. As a result, two TV stations and several newspapers came to interview the practitioners.
In its news program of the day, one of Irkutsk TV stations reported this event as its first news. During this report, a practitioner told the reporter: "We hope to use this peaceful appeal to stop the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong." Another practitioner told the reporter that he was violently arrested by Chinese National Security agents three times, "They dragged me out of a car and covered my head with a black cloth bag."
Practitioners have initiated a lawsuit against Chinese consul He Guoan. Practitioner Nadezhda said that this official had threatened practitioners.
Irkutsk practitioners urged the Russian government to condemn the Jiang regime's brutal persecution of Falun Gong.
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