The historic April 25, 1999 appeal by over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing for the right to freely practice their belief.
The appeal was prompted by a period of growing repression and the arrest of 45 Falun Gong practitioners in the city of Tianjin, raising nationwide concerns about believers’ freedom to practice their faith. The significance of the April 25 appeal lies in the contrasting conduct of Falun Gong practitioners and the Chinese Communist Party. The practitioners responded to growing repression by peacefully gathering to express their concerns and appealing through a process stipulated in Chinese law.
- April 25, 1999:| The Event That Changed China, Forever
- A Former CCP Policeman’s Account of What Happened on 1999-4-25 and Beyond
- A Documentary Explaining the April 25 Appeal
- A Virtual Candle Light Vigil with A Global Message
April 25, 1999: The Event That Changed China, Forever
It was the spring of 1999. China was transforming. A cultural renaissance inspired by an ancient spiritual practice was flourishing, signaling a healthier and more hopeful future for the Chinese people. The Chinese Communist Party was split on this phenomena – investigating, promoting, and criticizing the practice, all at the same time.
Then, came April 25th.
What seemed to be a spontaneous, peaceful protest by Falun Gong practitioners, was actually orchestrated by some CCP officials and then used to ignite a persecution campaign that would plunge the entire nation back into the dark days of the cultural revolution, and worse.
What’s the real story of this fateful day?
1. On April 25, 1999, 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners peacefully protested in Beijing to ask for official recognition of their practice. 4. Falun Gong practitioners continue to practice their faith despite the persecution, and they have held numerous protests and demonstrations around the world to raise awareness of the CCP’s human rights abuses. 2. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was initially supportive of Falun Gong, but it later became alarmed by the practice’s popularity and banned it in 1999. 5. The April 25th appeal is a reminder of the CCP’s brutality and the importance of freedom of religion. 3. The CCP has since persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, with estimates of up to 1 million people imprisoned and tortured.
A Virtual Candle Light Vigil with A Global Message
Ten years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, 10,000 Falun gong practitioners gathered outside China’s central leadership compound in Beijing. They had come to appeal at China’s central appeals office — to appeal for practitioners who had been wrongfully arrested in the city of Tianjin, for their books, which had been banned, and for practitioners all over the country who were being harassed and investigated by the police. They were met by then-Chinese Premier Zhu and the arrested practitioners were released. It seemed like the appeal had been successful. But in reality, the brutal crackdown was started on July 20th.
A unique, on-line candlelight vigil, captured in touching detail by this video, marks the anniversary of the largest appeal for freedom of belief and human rights in China’s history. This appeal was also the event that sparked an era of brutal repression under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — a regime built on deception and tyranny.
As the world reels from a pandemic unleashed upon us by the CCP’s deception, this virtual candlelight vigil captures an important message for us all.
To support human rights and help expose the tyranny of the CCP, please share this video with your friends and family.