(Clearwisdom.net) On March 9, 2009, when Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was visiting the U.S., Falun Gong practitioners in the Washington DC area held a peaceful appeal outside the U.S. State Department Building, calling on the U.S. Government officials not to forget to address the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, when they meet with the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) foreign minister.

Falun Gong practitioners in the Washington DC area call for attention to the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong in front of the U.S. State Department Building

At the same time, the Washington Area Falun Dafa Association wrote to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, regarding the ten-year persecution of Falun Gong in China, especially the blatant arrests, detention and forced labor sentencing that the CCP imposed upon practitioners before the Beijing Olympics last year. The association also delivered to the Secretary of State the 2008 annual report entitled "Escalated Campaign against Falun Gong in China Before and After the Olympics" compiled by the Falun Dafa Information Center (FDI), lawyer Gao Zhisheng's letter to the U.S. Congress and Mr. Gao's article entitled "Dark Night, Dark Hood and Kidnapping by Dark Mafia" published on the Radio Free Asia website on February 8.

An official from the State Department accepted the letter to Secretary of State Clinton.