New York: "Pure Lotuses" in Full Bloom at Union Square in Downtown Manhattan (Photos)

( On September 26, 2005, at 6-8 p.m., a benefit concert for rescuing Falun Gong orphans was held on Union Square in downtown Manhattan. The concert was sponsored by non-governmental organization "Global Rescue of Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners in China," and performed by the Tian Jiao Art Troupe. The performance was pure, fresh and touching, like a clear stream quietly flowing into the heart of this bustling metropolis.

Norway: Anti-Torture Exhibition Receives Strong Support in Stavanger, Many People Sign Petitions to Call for End of Persecution (Photos)

( On the second Saturday in September 2005, Falun Gong practitioners in Norway arranged an anti-torture exhibition in Stavanger to make people aware of the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, which has lasted six years. This persecution was initiated by Jiang Zemin in 1999 after he found out that there were more people practicing Falun Gong than there were members of the Communist Party. He saw the great number of practitioners as a threat to his personal power. Today, it is confirmed that 2,781 practitioners, both old and young, have been tortured to death at the hands of the Chinese authorities.

Taiwan: Falun Gong Practitioners Demonstrate Exercises at Sports Carnival in Tainan City (Photos)

( On the afternoon of September 24, 2005, a sports carnival was grandly held at Sports Center in Tainan City, and Falun Gong practitioners from Tainan City were invited to participate. More than 300 Falun Gong practitioners performed the five sets of Falun Gong exercises at Sports Center Square. The elegant movements attracted many passersby who stopped to learn the practice.

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