United States: Falun Gong Practitioners Continue Protest for Entire Length of Hu's Visit in Washington DC

On November 16th, 2008, Chinese leader Hu Jintao ended his three-day visit to Washington D.C. Falun Gong practitioners from D.C. were assembled in front of the hotel where Hu stayed, and held banners reading "Falun Dafa is good," "Bring Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Zhou Yongkang and Liu Jing to Justice," "Help to stop the persecution of Falun Gong." Practitioners demonstrated the exercises and more people learned about Falun Gong.

The protest outside of the hotel where Hu stayed

On November 16th, the temperature dropped dramatically. Almost one hundred Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated in front of the Marriott Hotel. The peaceful protest attracted many people who asked for information. People who were organised by the Chinese Embassy to say goodbye to Hu were also watching practitioners' actions.

Clarifying the truth

Ms. Li, a practitioner, told reporters that a Western couple said they saw policemen arresting Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing. When Hu's car passed by, the group organised by the Chinese Embassy tried to block practitioners' banners from being seen. That couple stopped them, saying "You are in America."

Ms. Ge, a practitioner, said that in the last three days, Hu's car passed by practitioners several times. He saw the banners. Many Chinese and American people also had chance to learn more about Falun Gong.

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