United States: Anti-torture Exhibition Draws Attention at California State University

On March 23, 2005, practitioners held an anti-torture exhibition and Falun Gong introductory workshop at California State University at Chico in Northern California to expose the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China by Jiang Zemin's political faction. The activity caught people's attention across campus.

Visitors watch the reenactment Talking with people about Falun Dafa

It rained in the morning in Chico. The practitioners continued setting up the anti-torture exhibition and some practitioners drove for three hours to join. At noon, it stopped raining.

The Falun Gong Workshop was held in a classroom and approximately 40 people attended. After the workshop, 17 of the participants learned the exercises outdoors. They were attentive and accurate in their hand gestures, which even amazed the practitioners teaching the exercises.

Learning the exercises

The anti-torture exhibition was held on a lawn in an area on campus called the "Free Speech Area." Many people stopped to look at the torture reenactment and poster boards explaining the tortures being applied to practitioners in China. Most of the passers-by accepted literature about Falun Gong and the persecution. Many people talked to practitioners and asked how they could lend their support.

At the end of the anti-torture exhibition, the practitioners were invited to attend a local meeting on protection of woman and children. They introduced Falun Gong to the attendees and explained the facts of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Two different reporters from the school newspaper came by to write articles about Falun Gong and the persecution. One reporter focused on the day's event and the other focused on Charles Lee and specific incidents of torture. (Charles Lee is an America citizen who is currently imprisoned in China because he is a Falun Gong practitioner; he was arrested in China when he went there to visit his parents and clarify the truth about the persecution.)

On the day before the event, a local radio station and a TV channel reported on Falun Gong and the persecution, and talked about the upcoming event on campus.

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