April 25, 1999 – What Happened and Why Does It Matter?

On April 25, 1999, some 10,000 practitioners gathered peacefully in Beijing to seek justice for Falun Gong. Their concerns were met by the Chinese premier that evening and everyone went home. But Party leader Jiang Zemin had other plans. Three months later, he launched a massive persecution campaign.

Taiwan: Commemorating the April 25 Peaceful Appeal, Calling for Efforts to Stop the Persecution (Photos)

Chinese tourists arriving at Freedom Square in buses were moved by the grand scene of so many people practicing Falun Gong--and the police protecting them.

Commemorating April 25, Practitioners in Washington, DC Call for the Chief Culprits of the Persecution to Be Brought to Justice (Photos)

Falun Gong practitioners gather in front of the White House to call for an immediate end to the persecution.

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