Falun Gong Permitted to Meditate During 2002 Olympics

Associated Press

By Rich Vosepka, Associated Press Writer

Thursday December 13, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Followers of a spiritual practice outlawed in China have been given permits to meditate en masse during the 2002 Olympics.
City officials and Olympic leaders have designated a number of protest zones where gatherings will be allowed during the Feb. 8-24 games.
"They just want to show the world that peace is a good thing,'' said Josh Ewing, spokesman for Mayor Rocky Anderson. Followers of the practice meditate, exercise and read from books.
Falun Dafa is one of two groups that has already been allotted time in the protests zones.


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