"Cross-Country Van Trip to Rescue Charles Li" Goes Through Kansas (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net, August 31, 2003) On the morning of August 26, 2003, the South and West lines of the "Cross-Country Van Trip to Rescue Charles Li" met at Topeka, the capital of Kansas. They held a press conference with local Falun Gong practitioners in front of the state Capitol. Practitioners also demonstrated the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. Channel WIBW13 came to interview the practitioners and reported in the evening about how Charles Li has been mistreated, as well as the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The practitioners also explained the facts and distributed flyers to passersby.
In the afternoon, the van trip arrived at Kansas City, where practitioners conducted another news conference at the municipal public library. During the conference, practitioners talked about the rescue drive. A practitioner also related how his mother was locked into a psychiatric hospital and tortured because she practices Falun Gong. An American practitioner talked about his experience of how he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong two years ago, and how he was arrested and then repatriated to the U.S. After the conference, practitioners accepted interviews from a local newspaper and NBC TV station. They answered questions regarding the reason why Charles Li went to China and his current situation of being mistreated.
During the process of setting up these two press conferences, some practitioners actively took part in the preparation. Their hard work ensured the success of the conferences. In the evening, practitioners from Kansas City and practitioners of the van trip shared their experiences. They talked about their understandings and experiences in the process of Fa-rectification cultivation, as well as ways to clarify the facts to the precious Chinese people. A fellow practitioner who had been persecuted in China narrated what she saw and heard when she was imprisoned in Beijing Miyun Detention Center. She talked about how the detained fellow practitioners were tortured by means of electric needles and physical punishment. She talked about the persecuted practitioners' righteous thoughts and righteous faith in Teacher and Dafa when they were tortured. Through sharing, practitioners helped each other and inspired each other.
After the experience sharing, we watched practitioners of the rescue trip set out and hoped that they would spread the truth of Dafa to more people.