Falun Gong April 25 Peaceful Appeal (Photo Gallery)
Falun Gong April 25 Peaceful Appeal (Photo Gallery)
Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese practioners of Falun Gong line held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China, at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China.  (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners line up to form a meditating figure at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 26, 2014. Practioners held activities to protest the persecution of the spritiual discipline in mainland China. (Chen Baizhou/Epoch Times)

The Falun Dafa TianGuo marching band performs in a parade on April 20, 2014, in Hong Kong, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

The Falun Dafa TianGuo marching band performs in a parade on April 20, 2014, in Hong Kong, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

A Falun Dafa waist drum team performs in a parade on April 20, 2014, in Hong Kong, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

A Falun Dafa waist drum team performs in a parade on April 20, 2014, in Hong Kong, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

Practitioners of Falun Gong hold various banners as they march through Hong Kong, April 20, 2014, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

Practitioners of Falun Gong hold various banners as they march through Hong Kong, April 20, 2014, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

Practitioners of Falun Gong carry a banner that reads,

Practitioners of Falun Gong carry a banner that reads, "Stop the Persecution, Dissolve the Chinese Communist Party," in a parade in Hong Kong on April 20, 2014, to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

More than one hundred Falun Gong practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area gather in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

On the evening of April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Communist Party Embassy to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Xi Ming/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada, held rallies in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing and to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its 15 years of bloody, brutal persecution against Falun Gong. (Ai Wen/Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

On April 25, 2014, Falun Gong practitioners from Vancouver, Canada, gather in front of the local Chinese Consulate to commemorate the April 25, 1999, peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

With a parade and rally in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, April 26, 2014, New Yorkers commemorate the April 25, 1999 peaceful appeal in Beijing. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a candlelight vigil as a peaceful protest near the Chinese Consulate in New York, on April 25, 2014. The protest is against the Chinese regime’s 15-year persecution of the practice. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

“On April 25, 1999, the most “serious political incident” since 1989 occurred in China. Over 10,000 practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice, had quietly gathered on the streets of Beijing and silently stood and sat from morning to night, seeking to be allowed to practice their faith free from harassment.

The incident is often seen as the catalyst to what happened next: a nationwide Cultural Revolution-style persecution featuring incessant propaganda, cruel violence, labor camps, and thought reeducation campaigns that continues to this day. But a look at the three years that preceded that incident shows that rather than being the catalyst to the persecution, it was practitioners’ last-ditch effort to head off what hardliners inside the Communist Party had been hatching since 1996.

Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice with five meditative exercises; it teaches behaving according to the three principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. From its introduction in China in 1992 until its suppression in 1999 it had gained between 70 million and 100 million followers.

The campaign against Falun Gong began in 1996. For the next three years, until the persecution as a mass movement became official, there were attempts to begin stamping out Falun Gong’s influence in China, by spreading negative propaganda, infiltrating practice groups, issuing politically charged labels, and laying the groundwork for further suppression.

During that period, Falun Gong practitioners inside and outside the Party and state were attempting to head it off, until in 1999 when Falun Gong’s delaying tactics ran out, and the Communist Party set out to “eradicate” the practice of Falun Gong…”

Excerpt from the article “The Persecution Before the Persecution“, by Matthew Robertson.

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