Sydney Rally Honors Beijing Appeal in April 1999

Falun Gong learners gathered in Sydney on Saturday to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of an important day for the group. This is a peaceful April 25 appeal at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) headquarters in Beijing.

In honor of Anzac Day, a large number of people gathered at Sydney Town Hall one day earlier, handed out leaflets, and filed an appeal outside the state legislature’s appeal office in Beijing on April 25, 1999. Raised awareness.

On that day, about 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to Beijing and appealed for the release of about 12 Falun Gong practitioners who were illegally arrested in Tianjin a few days ago.

After that, Prime Minister Zhu Rongji was highly acclaimed internationally for his peaceful response by interacting with the demonstrators.

But this changed overnight when Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin overturned Zhu’s decision and unilaterally launched what became one of the longest-running persecutions of people of Chinese faith.

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Falun Gong practitioner attending a peaceful rally at Sydney Town Hall, Australia on April 23, 2021. (Rebecca Ju / The Epoch Times)
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Approximately 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners are peacefully appealing outside the Zhongnanhai, the central headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party, held in Beijing on April 25, 1999. (

One Chinese local has gained unlimited access to information since arriving in Australia because the Chinese Communist Party did not tell the truth about what happened that day 22 years ago. He told the Epoch Times that he knew only once.

“I started learning about the April 25th appeal when I came to the free world. [have access to] More detailed material on the persecution of Falun Gong learners [in China]”Bread said.

“I did not do it [have the chance to] See all of this in China. “

Bread has been practicing Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, for three years. She says she feels “very lucky” to be in Australia, where she has a “good environment” to practice because of the values ​​of freedom of religion in Australia.

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Falun Gong learner Pan will attend a commemorative rally on April 25, 2021 at Sydney Town Hall, Australia. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong is a spiritual practice from the Buddhist tradition, whose followers follow the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance. Between 1992 and 1999, this practice became popular, with official estimates of 70 to 100 million people recorded in China.

The arrest in Tianjin, which triggered the proceedings on April 25, occurred after three years of intense official repression in which the publication of Falun Gong books was banned and articles defiled Falun Gong were published in major state newspapers. It was. It was beginning to interfere with group exercise sessions in the park.

For 22 years, China has revealed details of practitioners who have suffered beatings, extreme sexual abuse, torture, brainwashing, and even organ killing in concentration camps across China.

She said it was her duty for Pan to defy the Chinese Communist Party by revealing the truth about Falun Gong and revoking the administration’s lies because she is in Australia. She wants both the local Chinese community in Sydney and other Australians to learn the truth.

“We really pay tribute to you”: Human Rights Attorney

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Moh said he believes that everyone has the right to exercise his beliefs without fear of persecution.

He said he has great respect for Falun Gong practitioners as they continued to fight for their freedom, despite suffering under the Chinese Communist regime.

“I hope someday sooner or later they will be able to return and exercise their freedom in their homeland, China,” Moh told The Epoch Times.

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Human rights lawyer Muhammad Mo (center) at a peace rally held at Sydney Town Hall, Australia on April 23, 2021. (Wen Ching Yang / Epoch Times)

Mr. Mo said he would respect the courage of Falun Gong practitioners to continue the rally against the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party despite the risks.

“For those of us watching the movement, we really pay tribute to you,” he said. “Our heart [go] To the victims and their families. We hope that justice will come and we will be accountable to those who have sinned against humanity. “

Another spectator, Bruce Richmond, told the Epoch Times that Falun Gong “represents freedom.”

“Australian people should support these people,” he added, adding that the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and Uighur Muslims was “totally evil.”

“I am a Christian. Christians know that atheism, Marxism, and communism are not from God,” Richmond said. “But now Australians don’t believe in God or are so few that they are open to all possibilities and dominated by money.”

John Deller, a spokesman for the Australian Falun Dafa Association, wrote in an editorial in The Epoch Times that the CCP misunderstood the April 25 appeal before Jiang Zemin began persecution.

“Since Tiananmen Square in June 1989, a great many Chinese citizens have gathered in public to appeal to the government,” Deller wrote.

“”[CCP] Authorities often claim that this is an organized “siege,” and falsely claim that it threatened national leaders, “he said. “Some Western governments and the media still refer to the story of the Chinese Communist Party as the reason why Falun Gong was banned.”

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Li Zhihua, a Falun Gong learner from Tianjin, at the 425 Appeal Rally held at Sydney Town Hall in Australia on April 23, 2021. (Epoch Times Sydney Staff / Epoch Times)

65-year-old Li Zhihua lived in Tianjin when the first practitioner was first arrested.

On April 11, 1999, He Zuoxiu, a scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, published an article in the Juvenile Science Review entitled “Don’t Approve Falun Gong’s Youth Practice.” The article repeated defamatory publicity.

Lee went to college with a local practitioner and asked the publication to withdraw the statement they said had defiled Falun Gong.

The editorial board of the publication promised to respond the next day, but instead, Tianjin practitioners met hundreds of riot police over the course of several days, and about 40 were brutally arrested.

The Tianjin government has diverted all appeals to Beijing’s central government.

When asked why she has been speaking out for over 20 years, Lee simply said, “That’s just three words:’truth, compassion, patience.'”

“Because this habit is good. It’s no mistake to be a good person.”