(Minghiu.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Bratislava gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy on April 25, 2019, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assembly of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in front of the National Appeals Office in Beijing.
On this day 20 years ago, practitioners in Beijing asked for the release of their fellow practitioners who had been detained in Tianjin a few days before.
After the peaceful appeal in Beijing, the Tianjin practitioners were released. However, three months later, then Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide persecution campaign against Falun Gong practitioners, which continues to this day.
The peaceful assembly on April 25 was subsequently labeled as a siege of the central government compound, using the fact that the government headquarters in Zhongnanhai is located in the immediate vicinity of the appeals office.
Practitioners in Bratislava have joined thousands of practitioners around the world to commemorate this day, with similar events held in New York, Toronto, London, Singapore, and other major cities.