Russia: Falun Gong is Popular at the Health City Expo in Moscow

On April 26th 2005, the second "Health City Expo” in Moscow was held on the first floor of the Moscow City Hall. The Moscow Falun Gong Association was invited to participate in this expo and occupied the second stall from the entrance to the building.

Although these two days were weekdays and people were at work, visitors were still coming in a continuous stream. Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the five sets of exercises and performed traditional Chinese dancing. The organiser and audience gave the thumbs up sign to our performances. When the expo was closing, the Moscow City Administration awarded a proclamation to the Moscow Falun Gong Association, praising its active participation.

Despite the expo lasting only two days, a great number of people came to understand what Falun Gong is. The visitors, including professionals, doctors, officers and those from other walks of life, all want to explore Falun Gong from different angles. Almost everyone asked for more information; Video-CDs, bookmarks, greeting cards and paper lotus flowers were popular. Following the introductions or watching the demonstration of the exercises, some people immediately showed their intention to learn the practice. They wrote down the locations of the nearest exercise practice sites.

Some people put forward questions which revealed confusion as to why the Chinese Communist Party has cracked down on such a wonderful cultivation way. Practitioners told them that the essence of the Chinese Communist Party is evil. It preaches atheism and is based on falsehood, hatred and struggle, so the CCP will naturally oppose truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. People generally nodded in agreement to the responses from practitioners.

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