(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in St. Petersburg held events to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the China's state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their belief.

Falun Gong practitioners collect signatures in Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg.

Passersby sign a petition at a train station to protest the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The practitioners set up banners and poster boards to expose the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. Some practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, while others distributed informational materials and explained the persecution and forced organ harvesting taking place in China.

Some passersby said they could not believe that such an atrocity can occur in the 21st century. Some wished to know more about Falun Gong after signing the petition.

A practitioner said he often met people who are familiar with the persecution, including a woman who had lived in China for two years.

Another woman left in a hurry after accepting a flyer, but returned half an hour later to sign the petition. She also agreed to pass on the information to her friends and relatives.