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.
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.