Open Discussion

  • Remembering April 25th, 1999: "Premier Zhu Rongji Led Us Inside Zhongnanhai"

    The peaceful resolution of the 10,000-strong Zhongnanhai appeal on April 25th, 1999 is mainly attributable to the sincerity, kindness and tolerance that practitioners have derived from their Falun Dafa cultivation. For the good of China and its people, with the best intentions to resolve problems peacefully, trusting the government and not seeing any other alternatives, we chose to appeal as a group to the government. Throughout the entire process, we maintained good order and did not incite a riot or uproar, we did not chant any slogans nor raise our voices.
  • Bearing Witness to History: April 25, 1999

    A neighbour of ours who is a physician at a hospital in Beijing told us that the military police advised her hospital on April 25 to prepare for an unrevealed emergency. They were told to vacate all hospital wards and prepare a large medical supply for external injuries suffered during an emergency mission. Until the late afternoon of April 25, the Commando car teams of the military police kept Fuyou Street under continued surveillance. Apparently Jiang's rogue regime had planned to suppress our peaceful appeal with guns and violence.
  • The Truth About the April 25 Appeal – Deceptive Propaganda Twists Peaceful Protest into "Justification" for Violent Repression

    On the surface, the April 25 appeal seemed to be triggered by the Tianjin arrests and an anti-Falun Gong article by He Zuoxiu. The underlying reason stemmed from the central authorities' anxiety about the unprecedented popularity of Falun Gong. Seven years after Mr. Li Hongzhi's first public lecture in 1992, there were about 70 to 100 million Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China. A full understanding of the incident is very complex, as it had both long term and short term causes, and was related to political struggles inside the Communist Party.
  • Recalling "April 25"

    Nine years ago, on April 25, 1999, in order to appeal for justice for Falun Gong and its practitioners and to ask for an open cultivation environment, around 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to peacefully report and clarify the facts to the government in good faith, and requested the government to stop the unfair treatment of practitioners by those who had ulterior motives. This led to the "April 25" incident. I was a participant and a witness of the "April 25" incident. Although many practitioners have already reported about this incident objectively and truthfully, I still would like to write down my own experience and tell what I saw and heard at that time.
  • Some Quick Facts about the Peaceful Appeal in Beijing on April 25, 1999

    To commemorate the ninth anniversary of the April 25 Appeal, this is one of a series of republished articles from years past. The April 25th Appeal was notable not only for its size, but also because it was remarkably peaceful and orderly. Some 10,000 practitioners gathered in central Beijing that day, peacefully protesting for their civil rights. The CCP propaganda machine, however, in its quest to crush Falun Gong at the bidding of then Party Chairman Jiang Zemin, twisted the facts to serve its own motives.
  • The April 25th Appeal Cannot Be Construed as Grounds for Persecution

    On April 25, 1999, about ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners went to the Appeals Office of the State Council in Beijing, requesting the authorities to grant them a free and legitimate environment for their practice, which became the well-known "April 25th Mass Appeal". Many people believed that the persecution of Falun Gong would not have happened were it not for the April 25th Appeal. But actually that view does not hold.
  • What They Do Is for the Sake of Others

    I am a 50-year-old farmer in Cang County, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province. I would like to share how I physically benefited from Falun Gong. My wife started practising Falun Gong a few years ago and had her illnesses cured. At that time, I was very healthy and thought that I did not need to practise Falun Gong. After the CCP regime began persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, my wife went to Beijing to appeal for justice, and subsequently was sent to a forced labour camp.
  • Who Exactly Is Politicizing the Olympics?

    Since Beijing has entered the count-down to the Olympics, criticism, protests, and threats of boycott from the international community against the Chinese Communist regime for its intensified human rights violations in the lead-up to the Olympics have been steadily on the rise. The Communist regime is now accusing others of "politicizing the Olympic Games" and trying to stifle criticism by saying they oppose such actions.
  • A Person with Leukaemia Finds Hope after Taking up Falun Gong

    She told me that practising Falun Gong was known to have cured some incurable diseases and quoted a number of patients whose cancers went into remission after practicing Falun Gong. On hearing that, I was greatly encouraged--I wanted to live on. When my sister advised me to take up Falun Gong, I was hesitant at first, but on second thought, I realized I had nothing to lose, since the doctors could not find a cure.
  • The Beijing Olympics and the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Similarities and Differences

    British newspaper The Times and some U.S. Congressmen have equated the Beijing Olympics with the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Not surprisingly, the comparison triggered an immediate protest from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But what of the comparison? Let's go back and look at what occurred around the Berlin Olympics.
  • The Change in a Former Forced Labour Camp Guard

    A few years ago he quit his job and went abroad to make a living. In western society, he came in contact with Falun Gong practitioners and became truly aware of the facts about Falun Gong. He learned that all practitioners are good people and that what he had been told in China about the practice were pure fabrications.
  • FDI: Falun Gong Deaths Escalate as Olympics Approach

    The speed with which Falun Gong adherents are being seized by police, abused, and turning up dead is alarming and reprehensible," says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Ms. Gail Rachlin. "These are people who never should have been arrested in the first place. Arbitrary arrests, torture, and extrajudicial executions are no way to 'prepare' for the Olympics."
  • Scientists Discover It Is Wise to Forgive Others

    When other people ill-treat you, will you laugh it off or find a chance to take revenge? Recent research carried out by Harvard University has discovered that revenge not only doesn't bring any benefit to the person himself, but also does no good to the team or group, which also means that it is wise to forgive others.
  • Thoughts about CCP Interference With the Divine Performing Arts

    The CCP loses face throughout the world because of its criminal practices and attempting to have others be part in the persecution of Falun Gong. To get their way, they violate diplomatic conventions, interfering in the internal affairs of democratic countries, using economic relations as a bargaining chip. They wish to deprive people from enjoying true Chinese culture; a culture that they systematically tried to eliminate and destroy with Mao's Great Cultural Revolution.
  • Chinese Communist Party Uses the Olympics to Cover Up the Persecution of Falun Gong

    Perhaps for some, a convincing act of the Party's sinister intent is a mandatory liability pledge, which all of the regime's industry and commerce branches in Beijing were required to sign. The pledge listed Falun Gong as a "major target" for "strict discipline, strict prevention and strict control." It requires "intensified education and reform efforts. Those who cannot be resolved at the present, effective measures must be taken to solidly carry out administrative and control duties." "Reform" means forcing Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs.