More than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to the Appeals Office of the State Council in Beijing to peacefully appeal on April 25, 1999.
To commemorate the “April 25 Appeal” in Beijing in 1999, practitioners in Sydney held a rally and candlelight vigil on the square in front of the City Hall on the evening of April 24, 2008. They mourned the thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who have lost their lives because of the persecution, recounted the nine years of peaceful resistance, and condemned the CCP for its ongoing brutal persecution of Falun Gong.
On the afternoon of April 25, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners in Queensland held an activity to commemorate the ninth anniversary of April 25 appeal in front of Chinese Consulate in downtown Brisbane. They called for an end of Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) began to spread throughout the world in May 1992. It revealed the characteristic of the universe, “Zhen-Shan-Ren,” and people who began to practice quickly obtained better health while at the same time they strived to become better people. Falun Gong was spreading fast, by word of mouth, from one person to another. On April 25, 1999, after Tianjin police beat and arrested 45 Falun Gong practitioners, more than 10,000 practitioners went to the State Appeals Office near Zhongnanhai (they went to Fuyou Street) in Beijing to peacefully appeal to government officials. The appeal was handled by the premier of the State Council, who met with Falun Gong practitioners, and they reached a common understanding and reasonable resolution. The entire event went peacefully and it was over in the evening.
Falun Dafa has been widespread in Taiwan nearly twelve years. Looking back at Falun Gong’s widespread history in Taiwan, practitioners’ peaceful and rational appeal on “April 25th,” 1999 was a division point, because Taiwan media gave wide coverage of “April 25th” event, making Falun Gong well-known.
“April 25” is here again. Eight years have gone by in a flash.
On April 25, 1999, boulders cracked and heaven was moved when more than 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners voluntarily and peacefully appealed in front of the State Council Appeals Office. The world was deeply moved by the confidence, self-discipline and high morality displayed by these practitioners. On July 20, 1999, Jiang and the Chinese Communist regime suddenly unleashed their brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Fabrications from all of the Communist Party-controlled media covered the newspapers and the airwaves. Huge lies filled China and the whole world. Many people, misled by the Communist regime’s propaganda, believed that “April 25” was the igniting fuse that caused this persecution.
Practitioners in Melbourne held a series of activities to demonstrate the goodness and peacefulness of Falun Gong to tourists and citizens who took part in the commemorative activities on ANZAC Day. People were shocked at the brutal persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have been suffering in China. Falun Gong practitioners’ great deeds of countering the persecution over the past eight years of hardships and tribulations, have touched the world’s people.