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Chinese controversy comes to Missouri Capitol

September 9, 2002
By: Martha Kang
State Capital Bureau

When Missouri lawmakers convene in the statehouse this week for their veto session, they'll encounter a controversy from mainland China. Martha Kang has the story from Jefferson City:

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A photo-exhibit in the Capitol's rotunda this week features a presentation of Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese practice of meditation.

Falun Gong has come under attack from the Chinese government since 1999, with some practioners jailed.

Chen Hou, a practitioner, says the purpose of the exhibit is to fuel American support.

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Contents: Hou wants people to know that Falun Gong practitioners are prosecuted by some people in the Chinese government.

Hou's Falun Gong group received a proclamation from Governor Holden on their last visit, and hopes to get similar reactions from many others this time.

From the State Capital, I'm Martha Kang.