Russia: Practitioners Rally in Downtown Moscow to Call for An End to the Persecution (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On February 5th, 2005, Moscow Falun Gong practitioners gathered at Slavyanskaya Square near the Kitai-Gorod subway station to help people learn more about Falun Gong and to make an urgent appeal for an end to the persecution. Jiang Zemin and his followers in the Chinese Communist Party have intensified their ongoing persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. A series of events have taken place, including another wave of widespread arrests of Falun Gong practitioners and a new run of falsified propaganda about the self-immolation that was staged by Jiang's regime to deceive people and incite hatred against Falun Gong.
Rally in Downtown Moscow to Call for an end to the persecution
Clarifying truth to a passerby
Young people learn the truth
Many citizens signed a petition calling for an immediate end to the persecution
In spite of the bitter weather, practitioners in Moscow have held activities in the downtown area and major communities of Moscow in recent weeks. Their intention is to raise the Russian people's awareness of the campaign of genocide that is being waged against Falun Gong practitioners in China and to help the people who have been deceived and poisoned by lies from Jiang's group.
The temperature in Moscow on February 5 was minus twenty degrees Celsius. Practitioners held banners and information boards in the cold weather for four and a half hours. In Chinese and Russian, the banners and boards read, "Falun Dafa", "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance", "1343 Falun Gong Practitioners Persecuted to Death in China" and "Stop Persecuting Falun Gong!" Practitioners distributed leaflets and talked to passers-by. A loudspeaker was also used to introduce the truth about Falun Gong, and to appeal for an end to the persecution in China.
After obtaining leaflets, a middle-aged man asked questions of practitioners, trying to understand the situation of the persecution in China. After he learned the truth, he asked practitioners, "What can I do for you?" In reply, practitioners told him, "You can sign your name on our petition to support our appeal to stop this persecution." He signed his name gladly. When some passers-by refused to take the leaflets, he told them, "I suggest that you should take a look at these materials. If we don't stop this kind of persecution now, it may occur to you or me one day. Then it will be too late!" His words deeply touched the hearts of those people and also led practitioners to realize that more and more people in Moscow are starting to understand about Falun Gong.
There are several churches and government institutions around the square. Many passing-by missionaries and government officials took the material gladly and listened to practitioners' explanation. The banners could be seen from the coffee shops surrounding the square. A waiter came out of a coffee shop to get some leaflets and not long after the manager came out too. They all expressed their concern about what is happening in China.