Sticking Point

New Yorker Levi Browde, a 29-year-old software engineer and Falun Gong practitioner, struck first. "I wanted people in China to see that Falun Gong is embraced around the world," he says. So he and a friend took a taxi to Tiananmen Square on Feb. 11, unfurled a banner reading FALUN GONG IS GOOD and in seconds were carted away by police. Three days later, more than 40 foreign demonstrators raced through the square as police chased them past astonished Chinese tourists who were spending the weeklong holiday in the capital. The foreigners had come, said the state-run Xinhua news agency, "to...

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