WASHINGTON DC, October 9, 2001 (Falun Dafa Information Center)\u2014Hundreds of practitioners and supporters of Falun Gong gathered outside the U.S. State Department to hold a press conference as the human rights dialogue between senior Chinese delegates and U.S. State Department officials resumed today after two years of stalled talks.\n\n\n\nStarting at 8 AM, practitioners and supporters of Falun Gong quietly gathered on the streets outside the U.S. State Department building. Forming single-filed lines, they held banners expressing gratitude to the U.S. government for its continued support as well as calling on China to end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.\n\n\n\nThe press conference began at 10 AM outside the north entrance to the State Department. Levi Browde, of the Falun Dafa Information Center, read a statement calling the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China a \u201cmassive human rights violation\u201d and stated that \u201cmore than 100,000 practitioners are known to have been wrongfully arrested, jailed, and\/or sent to labor camps and mental hospitals.\u201d\n\n\n\n\u201cThese innocent persons are terrorized by their captors; they are humiliated, raped, abused, beaten, and tortured \u2013 even unto death, all for their belief in the very principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance,\u201d Mr Browde said.\n\n\n\nMr. Browde also condemned the \u201c6-10 Office\u201d (\u201c6-10\u201d referring to the date on which this office was established: June 10, 1999) \u2013 an illegal office established via executive order from President Jiang Zemin that exists \u201cfor the sole purpose of carrying out the assault on Falun Gong.\u201d According to the statement, this 6-10 Office reports directly to the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and therefore, effectively operates above the law, having the authority to use whatever means necessary to persecute citizens who practice Falun Gong in an effort to coerce them into giving up the practice of Falun Gong. The 6-10 Office \u201chas become the primary mechanism of Jiang\u2019s state terrorism policy against Falun Gong, which employs forceful indoctrination, violence and fear to terrorize and dominate the minds and hearts of Falun Gong practitioners as well as all other Chinese citizens,\u201d said Mr. Browde.\n\n\n\nThe statement called for the \u201cimmediate and unconditional release of all Falun Gong practitioners detained and jailed in China,\u201d and in particular the release of Dr. Chunyan Teng, a U.S. permanent resident and medical doctor from New York City who was detained and sentenced to a labor camp last year after her attempts to document the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners inside China.\n\n\n\nThe statement also expressed appreciation to the U.S. government for its continued support of Falun Gong: saying that \u201cthe State Department and the U.S. Congress have made clear, in unequivocal terms, their support of Falun Gong practitioners\u2019 right of self-determination; and they have made equally clear their total opposition to the Chinese regime\u2019s persecution of Falun Gong.\u201d\n\n\n\nThe second speaker at the press conference was Ms. Terry Marsh, a lawyer from Washington DC who has recently brought charges against two high-level Chinese officials for their roles in carrying out the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. In her statement, Ms. Marsh said that \u201cterrorism is virtually always state sponsored\u201d and that the systematic detainment, indoctrination, torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners clearly demonstrates state terrorism is what is being employed by the Chinese regime to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Ms. Marsh went on to say that to allow such state terrorism to occur in any country is not just a threat to the citizens within that country, but indeed, \u201ca threat to us all.\u201d\n\n\n\nMs. Marsh said her own experience can testify to this fact. Recently, she told members of the press today, she had hired a computer specialist to install special e-mail security software on her home computer. After completing the installation of this software, the computer specialists tracked down an incoming message originating from Beijing. The specialist told Ms. Marsh that those whose message he had intercepted have been attempting to monitor Ms. Marsh\u2019s e-mail communications.\n\n\n\nThe final speaker, Dr. Shiyu Zhou, read a letter from U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore (3rd District, Kansas), nominating Falun Gong founder Mr. Li Hongzhi for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2001. In the letter, Congressman Moore stated \u201cMr. Li\u2019s work has brought hope to the international community that China might escape the vicious circle dominating its development. Mr. Li and his followers have been attacked and harassed, and tens of thousands of his followers are imprisoned. Yet they have never faltered.\u201d Congressman Moore concluded his nomination by saying \u201cThrough his use of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, Mr. Li may be able to follow in the footsteps of other great nonviolent world leaders in bringing peace and change to the people of China. I recommend that Mr. Li Hongzhi receive the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.\u201d\n\n\n\nUpon conclusion of the press conference, practitioners of Falun Gong demonstrated the exercises to photographers and on-lookers.\n\n\n\nSupporters and practitioners say they plan on gathering outside the State Department through Thursday when the human rights talks are scheduled to conclude.