(Clearwisdom.net) On April 25, 1999, tens of thousands Falun Gong practitioners peacefully appealed in Beijing to request a peaceful practice environment. Ten years later, Falun Gong practitioners in Ottawa gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy and protested the CCP persecution. They advised the embassy staff not to participate in the persecution and to renounce the CCP.
Witness: Peaceful and rational
Ms. Li is from Beijing. She participated in the April 25th appeal. She recalled, "Before April 25, 1999, practice sites around us were harassed. We wrote to the relevant government offices to try to solve the issue. Later in Tianjin, the police beat and unlawfully arrested 45 Falun Gong practitioners. We thought it was a serious issue, since the police would then arrest practitioners in Beijing or Shanghai. I discussed the issue with two fellow practitioners and we felt that only the central government could solve the issue, so we decided to appeal.
"We only wished to have a peaceful practice environment. There were no banners or chanting on the day of the appeal. Nobody spoke loudly. The atmosphere was very peaceful. Later I heard that representatives entered the government complex to talk. Others waited outside quietly. At a little after 9 p.m., someone told us the issue was solved. We returned home. Before leaving, everyone picked up papers and trash from ground."
PhD in Environmentalism: Don't be misled by the CCP propaganda
Dr. Shizhong Lei participated in the protest activity in front of the Chinese Embassy. He said, "The April 25th appeal must be recorded in history. Facing unfair treatment, Falun Gong practitioners peacefully voiced their concerns, which established a model for the world's people.
"The April 25th appeal also let people recognize the CCP's lies. When the CCP wants to persecute a group, it fabricates lies to defame that group. In the last ten years, the CCP media propaganda has defamed Falun Gong."
Canadian Artist: The April 25th appeal will be remembered
A Canadian artist said in interview, "The CCP's hate propaganda misled the whole world and the Western media in 1999. Since the Western media did not know anything about Falun Gong, they carried CCP propaganda reports that defamed Falun Gong. Ten years have passed, and you can see the situation is quite different now. People driving by do not mock us, they applaud us. Some even join our processions or give us food and drinks. Who else could have accomplished this? I think protesting the persecution is historical. I am proud to be a Falun Gong practitioner."
Ms. Xin stated in her open letter to the staff in the embassy, "We wish you to awaken to the true nature of this situation as soon as possible and renounce the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Don't be accomplices of the CCP in the persecution of Falun Gong."