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Persecution in China Continues 12 Years After 10,000-Strong Appeal

Posted by Author on April 26, 2011


In Europe, Asia and the United States over the weekend, Falun Gong practitioners marked the 12th anniversary of the largest peaceful demonstration in China in 20 years. That demonstration, on April 25, 1999, was followed three months later by a violent crackdown—when the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to arrest and torture Falun Gong practitioners.

On Saturday, practitioners like Xu Yan in Brussels used the anniversary to call for an end to the ongoing persecution. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 25 Beijing Appeal Incident- Falun Gong’s effort to stop the escalation of the persecution in China (Video)

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


Data  re-organized from article “Behind the April 25 Incident”, The Falun Dafa Information Cenetr –

On July 20, 1999, then Chinese president Jiang Zemin used two secret documents to accuse Falun Gong of two crimes that he wanted to charge them with – namely conspiring with foreign forces and being directed by senior insiders in the Communist Party.  In the absence of any corroborating evidence, Jiang decided on a policy of persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The persecution was formally started on July 20, but the development and escalation of oppression actually started from 3 years earlier, in 1996.

Therefore, we can  see clearly that the well-known incident of April 25 ten thousands people’s appeal in Beijing 3 months before the formal crackdown was an effort by Falun Gong practitioners to stop the upcoming nationwide persecution.

Here are some events happened before the April. 25 appeal, listed in chronological order:

1996, June 17– Guangming Daily, the mouthpiece of the State Council, published an article by a columnist denouncing Falun Gong

1996, July 24– the Chinese News Publication Office issued a nationwide circular banning the distribution of all Falun Gong publications.

1997– the Public Security Bureau began a nationwide investigation to gather evidence in the hopes of casting Falun Gong as an “evil cult.”  However, all of the police stations around the country finally reported after much investigation: “no evidence found so far.”  The investigations thus came to an end.

1998, end of MayHe Zuoxiu (a prominent Marxist-atheist) denounced Falun Gong in an interview on Beijing Television, saying how it was harmful and such.  After that, when showing an interview at a Falun Gong practice site, the program said that Falun Gong was “feudalistic superstition.”  After the program was broadcast, practitioners who actually knew those people who had been brought up as examples by He Zuoxiu in the program immediately pointed out to He Zuoxiu and the TV station that the program was contrary to the facts because those people weren’t even Falun Gong practitioners.  In the ensuing days, more practitioners visited or wrote letters to the TV station by telling their own personal experiences of practicing Falun Gong.  Their responses were based on the central government’s official “Three No’s” policy towards Qigong:  “no beating, no argument, no reporting.” Later, the executives of the TV station said that broadcasting that program had been the most serious mistake ever made since the startup of the TV station.  So, as a correction, the TV station very quickly broadcast a positive program on Falun Gong showing practitioners peacefully practicing their morning exercises along with other people in the park.

1998, July 21– the First Division of the Public Security Bureau issued a 1998-No. 555 circular “Notification Regarding Starting an Investigation on Falun Gong.”  The “Notification” claimed that (Falun Gong founder) Mr. Li Hongzhi was spreading rumors and evil teachings and that some core practitioners were engaged in illegal activities in the name of Falun Gong.  However, the circular then also mentioned that the Public Security Political Protection Departments in each area should begin a thorough investigation to get inside information on Falun Gong activities and find evidence of crimes committed by core practitioners using Falun Gong.  We can see that the circular followed the procedure of convicting Falun Gong of a crime and then looking for evidence later.  This “Notification” resulted in the local Public Security departments in a number of areas around the country to illegally raid Falun Gong practice sites, forcibly disperse practitioners, search homes, break and enter into civilian residences, confiscate people’s private property, and so on.

1998, latter half of the year– a group of retired National People’s Congress cadres led by Qiao Shi [the former Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress] conducted a detailed investigation and study over a certain period of time on Falun Gong because so many members of the public had sent letters mentioning the Public Security Bureau’s illegal treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.  The conclusion of the study was that “Falun Gong only benefits and does no harm to the nation and the people.”  This report was delivered to the Politburo headed by Jiang Zemin.

1998, September– The National Sports Commission had also conducted a comprehensive investigation and study into Falun Gong in May 1998.  So in September, in order to coordinate with this study, a team made up of medical experts did a questionnaire survey of a sample of 12,553 Falun Gong practitioners.  The results clearly indicated that the rate of effectiveness for improving health and fitness was 97.9%.

1998, October 20– the head of the research team sent to Changchun and Haarbin by the National Sports Commission said:  “We feel that both the Falun Gong exercises and their effectiveness are quite good.  The impact on the stability of society and the strengthening of the spiritual culture are all quite evident.  This deserves to be fully recognized.”  During this time, non-government studies into the efficacy of Falun Gong in Dalian, Beijing, and elsewhere also produced consistent results.

1999, April 11He Zuoxiu (again) published an article in the Tianjin College of Education’s Youth Reader magazine entitled “I Do Not Agree with Youth Practicing Qigong.”  In this article, He drew upon the same examples to slander Falun Gong as he had presented on the Beijing TV Station program in 1998.  Because these examples had already been fully clarified in the Beijing TV Station incident, this article of He’s had already been strictly boycotted by Beijing’s media and propaganda system.  Now that this article was appearing in Tianjin, some practitioners in Tianjin felt that it was necessary to explain the facts and the truth to Tianjin officials.  They also hoped to lessen the negative impact of the article through contact with the editors of the magazine.

1999, April 18 to 24
– some practitioners went to the Tianjin College of Education and other related governmental agencies to clarify the truth.

1999, April 23 and 24
– the Public Security Bureau of Tianjin dispatched riot police to beat up the Falun Gong practitioners who had come to appeal, resulting in injuries to the practitioners.  The police arrested 45 people.  When Falun Gong practitioners requested the release of the detained practitioners, they were told at Tianjin City Hall that the Public Security Bureau had become involved in this matter, so the arrested Falun Gong practitioners would not be released without authorization from Beijing.  The Tianjin police suggested to Falun Gong practitioners, “Go to Beijing.  Only going to Beijing can resolve the problem.”

From using attacks in the media in previous years to this incidence whereby police actually used violence against Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin, the escalation of the persecution shocked Falun Gong practitioners.  Word of the “Tianjin Incident” spread rapidly among Falun Gong practitioners all across the country.

1999, April 25-
10,000 people went to appeal at the State Council Appeals Office, Beijing City (video)

Premier Zhu Rongji personally met with the Falun Gong practitioners who had gone to appeal.

At noon on April 25, Li Chang and Wang Zhiwen of the Falun Dafa Research Society and three other Beijing practitioners, acting as representatives of Falun Gong, entered the State Council to have talks with the government officials.  They presented three requests from Falun Gong practitioners:

  1. Release the Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested in Tianjin
  2. Give Falun Gong practitioners a loose and relaxed cultivation environment
  3. Allow Falun Gong books to be published.

The government officials who took turns participating in the talks included officials from the Appeals Office of the State Council, officials from the city of Beijing, and officials from the city of Tianjin.  At dusk, Tianjin released all of the detained Falun Gong practitioners in accordance with instructions from the central government.

More details from Behind the April 25 Incident

******

Persecution started

Unfortunately, during a high level meeting on July 19, Jiang Zemin officially announced confirmation of a total ban on Falun Gong.  July 20th saw the beginning of a wave of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners all across the nation.

Till today, at least 3369 Falun Gong practitioners are confirmed to have died in the persecution (detail name list: http://clearwisdom.net/emh/special_column/death_cases/index.html).

In addition to the deaths, over 100,000 have been sentenced to forced labor camps. Many thousand mentally-healthy practitioners have been locked up in psychiatric hospitals, brutally beaten, and drugged into submission with anti-psychotic drugs. Huge numbers have been forced into brainwashing sessions organized to coerce them to renounce their beliefs. Tens of thousands have been detained, jailed and/or imprisoned.

– Sources:
1. Behind the April 25 Incident, The Falun Dafa Information Center, Apr. 08, 2001
2.
Gruesome Death Toll, clearwisdom.net

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Event: Panel discussion and release of 2010 Annual Report- Persecution and Activism in Present Day China

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


WASHINGTON DC— On Monday, April 26, the Falun Dafa Information Center will release its 2010 Annual Report followed by a panel of scholars, human rights experts and victims discussing the findings and what Falun Gong’s experience of persecution and activism can provide towards better understanding China’s present and future.

When: Monday, April 26 2010; 1:30pm -2:30pm
Where: Capitol Building, Rm. HC6, Washington DC
Contact: Caylan Ford, caylanf@faluninfo.net – (202) 510 1845

Eleven years ago, Falun Gong appeared on the world stage as 10,000 practitioners gathered peacefully in Beijing to request an end to escalating harassment. Three months later, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to “eradicate” the spiritual practice, bringing forth what members of the U.S. Congress termed in 2009 “one of the most unjust and cruel persecutions of our time.”

Today, Falun Gong remains one of the least understood, yet most severely persecuted groups in China. Millions continue to face the threat of detention, torture, and death because of their religious identity. Meanwhile, practitioners inside and outside China have used Internet technology to create a potent grassroots movement aimed at nonviolently countering the persecution against them.

Speakers will include:
•    Nina Shea (moderator), Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Director of Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
•    Levi Browde, Executive Director, Falun Dafa Information Center, presenting an overview of the Annual Report’s findings.
•    Ethan Gutmann, Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, expert on U.S. corporations’ involvement in Internet censorship in China, and author of a forthcoming book on Falun Gong
•    David Matas, Senior Legal Counsel, B’nai Brith Canada, co-author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
•    Dr. Shiyu Zhou, deputy director of Global Internet Freedom
•   Jin Pang, Washington DC resident, daughter and niece of two Falun Gong practitioners illegally imprisoned in China in 2009

Note to editors: To request an embargoed copy of the Falun Dafa Information Center’s 2010 Annual Report’s Executive Summary, please contact caylanf@faluninfo.net.

The Falun Dafa Information Center

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(video) A Decade of Courage (Part 1) – The Protest that Changed China

Posted by Author on July 20, 2009


NTDTV, Via Youtube –

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 abused in the city of Tianjin, for thei books, which ahd been banned, and for practitioners all over the country who were being harassed and investigated by the police.

They were met by the Chinese premier, and the arrested practitioners were released. It seemed like the appeal had been successful. But in reality, time was running out, and the brutal crackdown was getting closer and closer.

– NTDTV

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(video) A Decade of Courage – The Protest that Changed China

Posted by Author on May 14, 2009


NTDTV, Via Youtube, APr. 27, 2009 –

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 abused in the city of Tianjin, for thei books, which ahd been banned, and for practitioners all over the country who were being harassed and investigated by the police.

They were met by the Chinese premier, and the arrested practitioners were released. It seemed like the appeal had been successful. But in reality, time was running out, and the brutal crackdown was getting closer and closer…….

NTDTV via Youtube

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How the War Against Falun Gong Started in China: Ethan Gutmann

Posted by Author on April 26, 2009


By Ethan Gutmann, Via The Epochtimes,  Apr 24, 2009 –

Ten years ago, on April 25, I was attending a Beijing wedding when I heard a rumor that a large crowd of people had gathered at Zhongnanhai, the central Chinese leadership compound. I phoned my friend Jasper Becker, the Bureau Chief for the South China Morning Post.

Who are they? I asked him.

We think they are called “Falun Gong,” he said. “Apparently it’s a huge Chinese religious movement, but we don’t really know anything about them. Ethan,” he said, “we’ve simply been caught with our pants down.”

As we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Falun Gong’s catastrophic oppression, we must acknowledge that—with a few special exceptions, the Western response has essentially given the Chinese Communist Party a free hand.

We have only begun to assess the damage: Over 3000 confirmed deaths by torture, abuse and neglect. According to my current research, at a minimum, over ten thousand Falun Gong have been harvested for their organs. The final tally is likely to go well over 100,000.

According to my colleague, Leeshai Lemish, quantitative analysis shows that media mentions of Falun Gong fell in proportion to rising fatalities. So I submit that our pants are still down. And I submit that the failure starts with the Western media’s interpretation of April 25 itself.

You can’t even refer to the event without feeding into a set interpretation, a pre-fabricated picture. Out of the clear blue sky, 10,000 majestically disciplined Falun Gong practitioners “surrounded” (that’s AP and Reuters) or “besieged” (that’s AFP) Zhongnanhai. These are straight-ahead translations of the Communist Party line. And they are repeated in scholarly works on Falun Gong history.

Even Falun Gong practitioners writing in The Epoch Times—perhaps feeling it’s too hard too explain—often refer to April 25 as a mass “gathering” at Zhongnanhai. The only difference is that they treat the word “demonstration” as if it’s a dirty word. Well, it is to the Chinese Communist Party. But not in the West right?

Henry Kissinger justified the Tiananmen Square Massacre with the statement: ”No government in the world would have tolerated having the main square of its capital occupied for eight weeks by tens of thousands of demonstrators…” That sentiment was recently echoed by Charles Freeman, the Obama Administration’s nominee to chair the U.S. intelligence council.

If the foreign policy elite talks this way about the student demonstrators of ‘89, imagine how they view an obscure Buddhist Revival movement in ‘99. How about: Well, that’s China. Those Falun Gong were asking for it.

Scholars might phrase it a little differently: the oppression of Falun Gong began as an action-reaction phenomenon. It’s a tragedy. A misunderstanding. A mistake.

Well, yes, Falun Gong practitioners have made plenty of mistakes. But I don’t accept that they asked to be martyred. And I don’t think you should accept that either. But if you do, you should interview people who actually participated on April 25, and its precursor, Tianjin.

Set Up at Tianjin

In early 1999, a physicist published an article in a Tianjin University journal attacking Falun Gong, essentially portraying it as a dangerous cult. Since the physicist and the journal were relatively obscure, Falun Gong has been accused of hypersensitivity to criticism.

But this isn’t the West and these things aren’t random. The physicist, He Zuoxiu, is said to be the brother-in-law of Luo Gan, at that time, the head of Public Security. And the Tianjin university journal answers to the state.

Li Hongzhi’s book Zhuan Falun had already been banned from formal publication in the mid-1990’s, in part because of Party concerns over runaway sales. By 1999, Falun Gong had attracted at least 70 million practitioners, 5 million more than the membership of the Party.

So the article wasn’t obscure at all; it was a flare in the night sky, a signal that the Party was trying something out. Something of consequence.

In China, when you see a signal like that, you have two choices. You can keep quiet. And probably get crushed. Or you can stand up. And you may well get crushed—yet spreading truth, refuting lies, these are essential parts of Falun Gong morality.

So Falun Gong stood up quietly; about 5000 practitioners staged a silent demonstration on April 22 at Tianjin Education College asking for a retraction of the article or dialogue. The police were called in. Officer Hao Fengjun was one of them. His “entire police force was suddenly maneuvered to the college.” They “were told to enforce martial law and close off the area.” When they arrived at the scene: “We all realized that it was nothing like what had been described to us—Falun Gong looking for a fight, disturbing public order, and so on. But we had no choice.”

Video surveillance records a bunch of people sitting around. So what prompted some policemen to wade into the crowd, beating and arresting 40 practitioners? Many practitioners—Jennifer Zeng is one—tried to reason with Tianjin officials and the police. The answer? The police were powerless. “This has been taken up by the Public Security Ministry, under the central government, so you need to go to Beijing to appeal.”

In the two days following the Tianjin arrests, that word “appeal” (or “petition”) spread widely among practitioners—not by some sort of central command, simply by word of mouth. But it had an explicit meaning: the National Appeals Office, the only location in China where a citizen can legally complain about their local or central government.

Auntie D (let’s call her that) says: “Everyone who was in China at the time knew that [the arrest of practitioners in Tianjin] was a very frightening thing. But we also knew that we should be allowed to appeal at the Appeals’ Office. We had the legal right to appeal. So we didn’t think about it too much.”

Looking for the Appeals Office

Echoing the Party’s own reticence about the petitioning process, the National Appeals office location wasn’t well publicized. Not a single practitioner that I have interviewed could place it precisely on a map, although it was widely believed to be in the hutongs, the twisting alleyways right off of Fuyou Street. And Fuyou Street abuts the western entrance to the Zhongnanhai compound.

So as April 25 dawned, a lovely, crisp spring morning, every single practitioner (that I have interviewed) sincerely believed were following legal protocol, not that they were going to Zhongnanhai to demonstrate.

They were not naïve about the risks. Some practitioners made out their wills the night before. If that sounds melodramatic, consider this.

Early in the morning, a practitioner couple, on their way to the appeals office, walking by the moat on the Eastern side of the Forbidden City, observed something very strange: A large unit of Red Army soldiers, bayonets fixed and ready, sitting in jeeps, facing west, towards Zhongnanhai.

When they and other practitioners arrived in Fuyou Street around 7 a.m., and tried to make their way into the hutongs, where the fabled appeals office was believed to be, a huge police presence suddenly materialized. Yet Fuyou Street was wide open—Jennifer Zeng, having worked for the state council office in Zhongnanhai, thought this was odd too. Normally, “The security there was very tight and there were a lot of guards and it was hard to get near the street. But at that time nobody tried to remove people from there. Normally anybody who shows up there is questioned right away…it seemed they were very well prepared, they were expecting us.”

With some vague assurances that the appeals office would open later, the practitioners were herded onto Fuyou Street, directly in front of the gate to Zhongnanhai. Auntie D remembers official buses and police cars carefully arranged up and down Fuyou Street: “Cameras were also set up and were pointing directly at us. I was rather afraid and didn’t dare to stand in the front row. I thought if they caught me on film, they would come for me later.” (Auntie D would end up in a labor camp for several years).

Those practitioners who believed that the appeals office was on Southern Fuyou Street, or thought that they could circle around the block and enter the hutongs from the West, found their way blocked at Chang’an Boulevard and were encouraged to move north again in front of the Zhongnanhai Western gates. Those who came in from the north were allowed into the dragnet, and quickly herded directly opposite the northern exposure of Zhongnanhai and down Fuyou Street. Auntie C (a friend of Auntie D’s) described it this way: “At the time they just told us—go this way, go this way, and we just followed.”

The stage was set for the Kabuki performance that followed. Premier Zhu Rongji’s reassuring public appearance, and Jiang Zemin’s smolderingly slow circle around Zhongnanhai in his smoked-glass limousine. Throughout it all, for 16 hours, no record, film, or plausible account suggests that the Falun Gong practitioners did anything that could be construed as even faintly provocative. No littering. No smoking. No chanting. No talking to reporters (or anyone else).

One practitioner suggested that they take turns to go eat or get something to drink, but the other practitioners “Said no, definitely not. Because if we drink, we’ll have to go to the bathroom and that would disturb those living or working in that area.” Even by the Party’s rather creative standards, there was simply no pretext that could justify the use of the troops waiting by the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City.

The evening announcement that the Tianjin prisoners would be released was greeted with quiet relief and practitioners left feeling optimistic. The next day, according to Auntie C, the official media reports said: “FLG gathered at Zhongnanhai,’ they didn’t say we surrounded Zhongnanhai. It also said that there is freedom to practice or not practice as one wishes.”

Advanced Planning

In the days following there were constant reassurances from the Party that everything was okay, and that the “three no’s” (no promoting, no criticizing, no debating chi-gong) were still operational—while practitioner phones were tapped, spies appeared at practice sites, warnings were selectively issued at workplaces, and the Party created the 6-10 office, one of the most terrifying secret police agencies ever to receive extra-constitutional powers. On July 20, the well-oiled machine of the crackdown was given free reign to roam China at will. And it was all justified by an image of a day of infamy—April 25—an image used to stage an unprecedented persecution, one that continues to this day.

One final point. Officer Hao Fengjun went to work at the 6-10 Office in 2000. Here’s the first thing he noticed: “our monitor room already had a comprehensive record and data on the Falun Gong practitioners. These things are not something that can be done and collected in just one or two years.”

Hao’s suspicion is correct. According to a former district-level official, I’ll call him “Minister X,” the Party’s decision to eliminate Falun Gong—and preparations towards that goal—was actually made long before any ban was made public. It was circulated explicitly in internal Party meetings: Jiang Zemin could not resolve the Tiananmen slaughter except by creating a new target. Falun Gong was it. Minister X, for his part, was told to quietly stop granting business licenses to practitioners. April 25 was simply the unfolding of an elaborate bait and switch with Falun Gong as the patsy.

Perhaps that last term could just as well be applied to the West.

It’s ten years. Did the Party really mean to kill so many? Of course not. The Party is prone to believing in its own rhetoric. Generals always imagine short wars. So too, it seems, do Western reporters.

But today, let’s dispel at least one myth, one ugly relativist notion that feeds the misplaced idea that we in the West have no business commenting on an obscure family quarrel.

Falun Gong did not start this war. The Chinese Communist Party did. I submit that the Party should be held fully accountable for the results.

Ethan Gutmann is the author of Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal and of a forthcoming book on the Chinese state and Falun Gong. This article is the text of a talk given on April 15 at the International Conference on Religious Freedom in China, hosted by Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of the European Parliament, in the European Parliament, Brussels.

The Epochtimes

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(Video) China: April 25, 1999, 10,000 Falun Gong Practitioners Appealed in Beijing

Posted by Author on April 24, 2009


Behind the April 25 Incident

Introduction

The Falun Gong incident of April 25, 1999 was not a sudden, accidental event.  Nor was it the kind of political demonstration involving the besieging of a government compound as claimed by Jiang Zemin.  From the written attacks begun during the July 1996 Guangming Daily incident in July, 1996 to the mobilization of police and using violence in Tianjin in April, 1999, the development and escalation of the persecution actually happened over a period of three or four years.

On April 25, 1999, more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China went to the Appeals Office of the State Council on Fuyou Street in Beijing to make an appeal in accordance with the law. They wished to ask the authorities to release the Falun Gong practitioners who had been arrested by the Tianjin public security officers.

After Premier Zhu Rongji, the official head of the State Council, personally came out and met with practitioners, the situation was handled and a resolution was reached that was acceptable to both the government and the practitioners.

However, after the “April 25th Incident,” Chinese president Jiang Zemin used two secret documents to accuse Falun Gong of two crimes that he wanted to charge them with – namely conspiring with foreign forces and being directed by senior insiders in the Communist Party.  In the absence of any corroborating evidence, Jiang decided on a policy of persecution.

To allow the reader to have a relatively comprehensive understanding of this important “April 25th Incident,” this document provides a synopsis of the events surrounding the incident in chronological order.  For the first time, among the facts presented are excerpts from interviews with those who participated in the April 25th events, including the dialogue between Premier Zhu Rongji and those who went to appeal.

Included are also crucial comments made by Jiang Zemin in two classified documents as he decided to crack down on Falun Gong based on information recently revealed by certain high level officials in the Communist Party.  This document is provided as reference for those who are interested in learning the truth of the “April 25th Incident.” …… (More details from THE FALUN DAFA INFORMATION CENTER)

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Honoring Falun Gong’s April 25th Appeal in China, Ten Years On

Posted by Author on April 23, 2009


Press Release, Falun Dafa Information Center, Apr. 23, 2009 –

On April 25, 1999 thousands of Falun Gong practitioners gathered quietly in Beijing to ask for the release of adherents who had been beaten and detained in a nearby city. More broadly, they sought to raise concerns with government leaders about ongoing harassment of Falun Gong at the hands of a few high-ranking officials.

The event captured headlines around the world, but more importantly to those who were there, it was a chance to explain to the Chinese leadership how Falun Gong had brought health and harmony to their lives, and that the attacks by some Chinese officials were unwarranted.

Ten years later, Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters are honoring the spirit of peace, justice, and compassion with which that appeal was held. Equally important, we are remembering the tremendous price Falun Gong adherents and their families in China have paid for their unyielding dedication to their faith and its underlying principles of honesty, kindness, and forbearance in the face of unrelenting brutality.

Hundreds of thousands—if not millions—remain unlawfully imprisoned in Chinese labor camps and prisons, the largest single population of prisoners of conscience in the country. Tens of thousands have suffered torture at the hands of police and security agents. Over 3,200 identified adherents have lost their lives, though the true death toll of the decade-long persecutory campaign is almost certainly much higher. Millions of others face destitution, job loss, expulsion from school, and other forms of systematic discrimination.

With the machinery of the state turned against them as forcefully as ever, practitioners in China continue to risk their lives on a daily basis, not only to practice Falun Gong’s exercises and study its teachings for their own self-improvement, but also to inform others of the injustice done to them, of the atrocities happening in their own backyard. Outside China, practitioners around the world hold vigils and rallies, distribute leaflets, circulate petitions, and take whatever non-violent avenues might help raise awareness of what is happening to fellow adherents in the Middle Kingdom.

The ultimate aim of such actions remains the same today as it was ten years ago—to end the persecution, to convince people not to participate in harming our sisters, husbands, mothers, and friends. This is not only for the protection of our loved ones, but also for the sake of other members of the public, lest they willingly or not participate in terrible crimes, if only via forcibly imposed silence. It is thus with an eye towards the benefit of society as a whole that adherents act—to finally stop the cycle of violence against innocent people that has engulfed China for too long.

For this reason, we hope that on this day, people the world over may join us in honoring, remembering, and keeping alive the spirit of that spring day in Beijing ten years ago; that they not accept the reality of injustice simply because of the Communist Party’s seemingly tight grip on power; that they strive to see through the veil of Party propaganda and understand for themselves what Falun Gong is; that they lend their support to our peaceful efforts to restore hope, dignity, and basic rights to tens of millions in China.

For with such collective dedication, we might just find ourselves ten years from now celebrating freedom for Falun Gong in China and with that, the relief for Chinese society of no longer bearing the burden of a violent, ongoing campaign.

Falun Dafa Information Center

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