In July 1999, Jiang Zemin claimed that he would "eradicate Falun Gong with three months". Six years have passed since then. In those six years, Jiang and his followers in the persecution of Falun Gong have been sued in more than 30 countries and regions for their crimes of torture and genocide. On the morning of May 26th, 2005, the U.S. Federal Court in Illinois accepted a motion of a lawsuit filed against former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary of Hebei Province and former Information Minister Wang Xudong as he was visiting Chicago. The lawsuit charged him with torture and other cruel treatment of Falun Gong practitioners in Hebei Province when he was the CCP Secretary from June 2000 to November 2002.
On June 25th, 2005, nearly one thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Chicago and held an event with the theme "expose the persecution, righteousness will prevail."
|Processions in front of the Federal Plaza|
During the press conference on Federal Plaza, practitioners talked about their journey over the last six years, from the wide spread of Falun Dafa, the CCP's torture of practitioners, to the lawsuits against Jiang around the world.
In the subsequent parade, practitioners formed various processions with different themes, including a Falun Gong exercise demonstration, Falun Dafa's spread across the world, exposing the persecution, protesting against torture, and lawsuits around the world against Jiang. The parade started at the Federal Plaza and went to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago.
|Procession exposing the number of deaths through torture that have taken place during the persecution|
One practitioner said, "Today we gather here to expose the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. At the same time, we want to tell world's people about practitioners' great compassion and forbearance in facing the persecution during the last six years, because we believe that righteousness will prevail over lies, violence and evil."
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