BBC MONITORING:Czech Republic: Falun Gong stages silent protest outside Chinese embassy

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Text of report in English by Czech news agency CTK

Prague, 26 August: Three young people, surrounded by photographs of a police action against meditating people in China and of people jailed because of practising Falun Gong meditation, staged a silent protest outside the Chinese embassy in Prague today.

The protesters offered information leaflets and a petition against human rights violation in China and persecution of people practising the meditation method.

Falun Gong has been known since antiquity. Its fame was restored in China in 1992 and it soon attracted some 70 million people. It emphasizes truthfulness, tolerance and compassion. After a peaceful meeting of 10,000 Falun Gong followers in Beijing in 1999, the Chinese government outlawed the method and started to persecute its followers.

Falun Gong followers meet in different countries to appeal on governments to condemn persecution in China. Falun Gong supporters have staged protests in Prague earlier this month. They have also protested in other towns in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.

Source: CTK news agency, Prague, in English 1707 gmt, 26 Aug 01/BBC Monitoring/(c) BBC

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