Washington D.C.: Practitioners Commemorate the Ninth Anniversary of April 25 Appeal (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) At noon on April 25, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington to commemorate the ninth anniversary of April 25 appeal, and the deaths of thousands of fellow practitioners who were tortured to death by Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They called on justice and conscience to stop CCP's persecution of Falun Gong.
History Witness: Never forget 'April 25' appeal
Ms. Li participated in the historic Beijing April 25 appeal. She recalled, "Many people went to Beijing to appeal on that day. Everyone heard that dozens of Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Tianjin illegally. Thus they went to appeal spontaneously. Some went to Beijing by air. Some practitioners around me that day were from different provinces. We benefited from practice of Falun Gong and wished that the government to hear our voice."
Mr. Zhang was also there in 1999. He said, "On April 25 nine years ago, every practitioner on the spot followed Truth-Compassion-Tolerance to explain the facts peacefully. Nine years have passed, though the persecution is very brutal, Falun Gong practitioners have never changed their belief in Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. They also never changed their principle of peace and reason."
The Spirit of "Truth-Compassion-Tolerance" Stays forever
Mr. Zhang said, "April 25 appeal established a moral milestone for Chinese people. What we commemorate is the spirit of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance since it stays forever."
He continued, "April 25 appeal also changed CCP's destiny. CCP utilizes all evil means in its persecution of Falun Gong and exposes its evil nature before the world people in this process. In the nine-year-old persecution, CCP steps towards weakness and destruction."
Practitioner Ms. Tao said, "When Chinese people hear of the fact of the persecution of Falun Gong, some of them renounce the CCP on the spot. Such things occur often right here in front of the Chinese Embassy. We keep protesting here, day and night, wind and rain, helping people to learn the truth."
People of different races benefit from practicing Falun Gong
Nick, a young American youth, narrated his experience of practicing Falun Gong. In 2003, he heard of Falun Gong for the first time in a Taiwan university campus. He joined the practice every morning. He said the effect was marvelous and continued practicing after returning to America.
Ms. Wang from China said, "Before cultivation, I could not sit long in chair, not to mention running or jumping. I ate more medicine than food each day. It was awful. After beginning to practice Falun Gong, I felt light all over, and illness disappeared. When I saw other people, I thought I was too lucky. I am really lucky."
Tirija from India said, "I heard of Falun Gong in 1999 and read Zhuan Falun. I was very happy and read the book again and again. I started practicing Falun Dafa." "Such a nice practice is being persecuted by CCP. Thus I stand out today to call for an end of the persecution."