Hu Jintao Arrives in New York, Falun Gong Practitioners Appeal for an End to the Persecution

On the afternoon of September 13th, 2005, as Hu Jintao arrived in New York, Falun Gong practitioners held a large-scale peaceful appeal in front of the UN and Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where Hu was staying.

Large scale appeal in front of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Early in the morning, practitioners gathered near the hotel. Their bright yellow T-shirts bearing the words, "Falun Dafa is Great," and "Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong" were extraordinarily eye-catching in the stream of people in Manhattan.

Huge banners with red words on a yellow background reading "Falun Dafa is Great," and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" in both Chinese and English created an impression of compassion and solemnity.

A large banner with white words on a blue background contained 16 huge placards, each carrying one Chinese character. It read, "Hu Jintao, the time given to you by God and the people is limited." The message conveyed was clear and definite, and could be seen clearly from across the street.

There were two more huge banners that terrified the malicious people. They bore the messages, "Bring Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing and Zhou Yongkang to Justice," and "Bring the Vicious Police and Others Who Persecute Falun Gong to Justice" in both Chinese and English. They sternly caution people that Good and Evil will receive due retributions. These malicious people who have been ruthless and inhumane in persecuting Falun Gong will definitely be severely punished in a court of law. Persecuting cultivators who believe in "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" will definitely be punished by heavenly principles as well as by justice in the human world.

Hu Jintao enters the hotel

As we expected, Hu Jintao attempted to enter the hotel stealthily from a side entrance, paying no regards to the hundreds of hired welcome team members waiting for him on Park Boulevard. Several big and sturdy men were arranged to come with the delegation from China and wave flags to greet Hu when he was about to enter the hotel from the side entrance. As head of the CCP, why would he take such great pains to avoid people welcoming him? Wise people all know that those who are truly concerned about Hu are Falun Gong practitioners. Why not take a good look at Falun Gong practitioners' kind thoughts with honour and dignity? Please be sure, "Hu Jintao, the time given to you by God and the people is limited."

People learn the truth

Carefully reading facts about Falun Gong

The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is located in mid-Manhattan, and there is always a steady stream of people passing by. Many predestined people saw Falun Gong practitioners' banners, accepted materials from practitioners and carefully read them. As a practitioner was passing out "Falun Gong Today" at an intersection, a middle-aged, well-dressed man accepted a copy, and asked what it was about. The practitioner told him Falun Gong is about cultivation practice related to meditation. Tens of thousands of people in China are suffering persecution for persisting in this beneficial cultivation practice. The man asked what he could do to help. The practitioner told him to tell more people to call for an end to the persecution, because the CCP wants to suppress the American people's voices of justice by means of doing business. The man understood and took another truth-clarifying newspaper and said he would do so.

Meeting with Chinese people and clarifying the facts to them with compassion

Wherever Hu went, there was always a "welcome team" composed of hired overseas Chinese who have not learned the facts of the persecution, and also a large number of Chinese people from Mainland China.

Falun Gong practitioners stood right beside these welcome team members. Most of the people had to pass by practitioners so as to reach their designated area. They could see all of the banners clearly. Practitioners also patiently clarified the facts to them, telling them, "For the sake of dignity and purity, refuse to welcome the CCP."

Truth clarification messages

In order to let predestined people get a better understanding of the truth, Falun Dafa practitioners rented 35 trucks, each carrying Falun Gong truth-clarifying banners in both Chinese and English on the left and right sides and back. The messages on the banners read, "Falun Dafa is Great," "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Great," "Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong," "Hu Jintao, the time given to you by God and the people is limited," "Bring Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing and Zhou Yongkang to Justice, " and "Bring the Vicious Police and Others Who Persecute Falun Gong to Justice." The U-hall trailers drove around the streets, which created an impressive, moving scene.

A gentleman came over and said, "Have your trucks drive more times here, that one is so good.

Some officials from the Chinese Embassy came to the Falun Gong practitioners' appeal site in front of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to exert pressure on the police. Dafa practitioners maintained steadfast, sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil elements behind these people while clarifying the truth to the police. Hu has been in office for over two years, but the inhumane persecution of Falun Gong is still going on. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners inside China have been deprived of all opportunities to have their voices heard. We cherish this precious opportunity very much, we only hope that Hu can learn the truth, and immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong. The police expressed that they have learned about Falun Gong and showed sympathy for Falun Gong. They also expressed repeatedly that the designated area for Falun Gong practitioners was the best location they could find, and also was nearest to Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Practitioners also told the police that we are neither protesting nor welcoming Hu; we simply hope that Hu and all Chinese people will learn about the facts of Falun Gong, and have a beautiful future. So we wanted to be together with the welcome team. The police approved our request.

Over the next two days, Falun Gong practitioners will continue appeal in front of the UN and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

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