(Clearwisdom.net) The G8 summit 2006 was held July 15 to 17 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The heads of the eight countries, USA, Russia, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Italy, participated in the summit. Other countries like China, India, and Kazakhstan were also invited. Russian Falun Gong practitioners used all kinds of opportunities to expose the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners to people in all circles in the society during the G8 summit.

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Audience take photos of practitioners
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Practitioner explains the facts about Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners submitted an open letter through the diplomatic organizations of the above countries in Russia before the beginning of the G8 summit. They appealed to the national leaders attending the summit to address the persecution of Falun Gong in China, especially the mass organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Governments with conscience in the world cannot ignore it. They should help stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners which has lasted now for 7 years.

Practitioners also participated in the Society Forum, an activity permitted by the mayor of St. Petersburg to let the public freely express themselves. The Society Forum was held in a stadium away from downtown. During the forum, practitioners held banners like, "Respected President Putin, please urge Hu Jintao to stop the persecution of Falun Gong." They distributed Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and materials about the facts of Falun Gong to groups and media which participated in the activity. It aroused intense response from all fields.

Mainstream media from Russia and the world interviewed Falun Gong practitioners. Many people on the spot, including reporters of many media, signed their names to condemn the persecution. On the first day of the Society Forum, July 14, Russia's NTV reported the activity of Society Forum in its news program. It especially praised Falun Gong in the program.

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Media reporters interviewed Falun Gong practitioners.
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People sign to support anti-persecution efforts

Practitioners met the Mayor of St. Petersburg twice at the forum. The first time, they asked her to pass their open letter to President Putin, asking him to help stop the persecution. She said, "Yes." When meeting her for the second time, practitioners gave her the truth-clarification materials, exposing the CCP's crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in labor camps and prisons. They asked her to put forward the issue of the persecution at the G8 summit. She agreed.

Many practitioners from other places, such as Moscow, Rybinsk, and other cities came to help clarify the facts during the G8 summit. Some practitioners could only arrive at St. Petersburg by explaining the facts and eliminating disturbances through sending out righteous thoughts. On the second day of the summit, practitioners gathered at a park near the G8 summit. They held group study and experience sharing, and sent forth righteous thoughts every hour.