From 1996 to 1999: A Holistic View of the April 25 Appeal in Beijing 22 Years Ago

Although seeking the release of arrested practitioners in Tianjin was the direct cause of Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful appeal in Beijing on April 25, 1999, the historic event followed three years of defamation and attacks against Falun Gong in CCP-controlled media outlets and government agencies.

Witness Recounts April 25, 1999, Appeal and Preceding Events

A practitioner from Tianjin, China recalls the events there in early April 1999 involving Tianjin practitioners' attempt to correct a magazine article that slandered Falun Gong. Despite their peaceful efforts to correct the issue, 45 practitioners were wrongly arrested, and attempts to seek their release led to a historic event in which over 10,000 practitioners peacefully gathered and conveyed their message to the government in Beijing. 

22 Years Later, Participants Vividly Recall Peaceful April 25th Appeal

“The peaceful protest on April 25 pushed Falun Gong to the world stage,” said a man who took part in the historic appeal in Beijing. “This was the largest peaceful protest after the regime came to power. It demonstrated practitioners' noble attitude and courage and set an example for how people can communicate with a tyrannical regime peacefully.”

New York: Thousand-Strong Rally Commemorates Historic April 25 Appeal

The rally in Flushing commemorates an appeal to the Chinese government by ten thousand Falun Dafa practitioners on April 25, 1999.

California: Candlelight Vigil and Rally in San Francisco Commemorate April 25th Appeal

A practitioner who was in China back in 1999 said that he did not hear about the appeal until it was over but would have gone if he had known. “Like me, some practitioners probably did not hear about it until afterward. Otherwise, there would have been far more than 10,000 practitioners outside the Appeals Office that day.”

Rally in South Australia: Collective Effort Needed to End the CCP’s Crimes

Human rights activist Ramila Chanisheff called on the public to support efforts to end the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

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