(Clearwisdom.net) Chicago, October 1, 2004 - Shocked to learn that Beijing police once again beat Falun Gong practitioners on Tiananmen Square on China's National Day, October 1, a number of Falun Gong practitioners from the Chicago area voluntarily gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate despite a rainstorm. They unfurled a huge banner and the photo showing a practitioner beaten on Tiananmen Square, to protest the continuous suppression of Falun Gong in China. The practitioners' appeal attracted attention from many passers-by, who silently stopped to watch. Although it rained very hard, the practitioners still sat on the ground and silently sent forth righteous thoughts. They were not shaken at all by the weather. Their common wish was to expose the facts of the persecution and to stop this persecution that has been going on for more than five years.