Russia: Parade and Anti-Torture Exhibition in Moscow Calling for the End to the Persecution of Falun Gong

After holding a peaceful appeal at the Chinese Embassy on July the 20th 2004, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jiang regime’s persecution of Falun Gong, Dafa practitioners from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaluga and other cities organised another parade and gathering in the northwestern district of Moscow. Practitioners held banners reading “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance”, “Falun Dafa is Good”, “Stop China Exporting State Terrorism”, “Stop Persecuting Falun Gong Practitioners in China” and “Bring Jiang to Justice”.

The parade passed through the main streets as well as the Central Park and lasted more than two hours. When crossing the streets, traffic police willingly stopped the traffic to let practitioners through. Because it was Saturday, there were many people in Central Park. Practitioners distributed leaflets to passers-by, and people in shops, buildings and buses along the parade route. Three little practitioners ran around to deliver Falun Gong materials into everyone’s hands.

The parade ended in a square near a Metro Station. In the Square practitioners demonstrated Falun Gong exercises and held a live anti-torture exhibition, as well as a poster displays to expose the brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China by the Jiang regime. Practitioners introduced to the public the spread of Falun Dafa around the world and the persecution of Falun Gong by the Jiang regime. Practitioners also performed dancing, singing and other programmes. It was a large activity for the Russian practitioners to talk about Falun Gong face-to-face with citizens in Moscow. Every practitioner actively joined the event and coordinated well with each other. The whole activity was a success. The anti-torture exhibition truly shocked people in Moscow.

There were two moving stories:

An old Russian lady came to the torture scene and pointed at the young man acting as an evil policeman: “Why are you tying up that old lady? How can you do that? Let her down immediately.” After practitioners explained to her that these tortures are occurring right now in China against Falun Gong practitioners and our activity here today was to call for the end of persecution against innocent people, the old lady understood the truth and signed our petition to “Support Falun Gong Practitioners in China, Denounce the Persecution Against Falun Gong”.

The No. 724 bus was waiting for passengers in the square. Practitioners went to give the bus driver and every passenger a Falun Gong leaflet. When this bus came back to the square again, practitioners noticed that the bus driver who learned the facts about Falun Gong had tears in his eyes when he saw the torture scenes.

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