A series of petition rallies to raise awareness about human rights abuses in China took place in eastern Slovakia at the end of October 2008. Practitioners of Falun Gong visited cities of Presov, Kosice, Spisska Nova Ves and Michalovce, in order for the people there to learn about the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
The series of rallies began on Wednesday 22nd October in Presov. Passers-by stopped at the stands with posters depicting scenes of persecution. Many couldn’t believe something like this is able to happen today. Young people who were coming home from school also stopped by and it happened often that there were two rows of people at the petition table (there were two petitions).
The practitioners were pleasantly surprised by Saturday morning in Michalovce. Although at the beginning the pedestrian zone looked empty, gradually there started to appear more and more people. “We saw the news about your rally on local television,” said passers- by. A man, who showed interest in the exercises, left with both main books of Falun Gong, which he wanted to study. After a short explanation about the purpose of our rally most of the passers-by signed our petition. More than 1100 people signed the petition in those four days.
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