PureInsight | June 16, 2020
[PureInsight.org] The "4.25" peaceful appeal that took place on April 25, 1999 is like long-lasting fragrant wine. With the passage of time, after over 20 years, its spiritual value and brilliance become more widely recognized by the world. The glory of the "4.25" spirit will be extolled for many generations to Come.
Arrests in Tianjin
Zuoxiu He, a scientific ruffian, attacked and framed Falun Gong in the "Beijing Express" section of Beijing Television in May 1998. After hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing and Hebei either wrote letters or went directly to Beijing Television to clarify the truth on June 2, 1998, the Beijing TV Station admitted that the program about Falun Gong was its worst mistake since its establishment and rebroadcasted a positive report.
After the initial failure, Zuoxiu He devised another plan. On April 11, 1999, he published an article in the Youth Science and Technology Magazine of the Tianjin College of Education, once again fabricating lies to slander Falun Gong.
From April 18 to 24, 1999, some Tianjin Falun Gong practitioners went to Tianjin College of Education and related organizations to clarify the truth. On the April 23 and 24, armed officers of the Tianjin City Police Department beat and illegally arrested Falun Gong practitioners, resulting in bleeding and injuries. Over 40 practitioners were arrested. The Tianjin Municipal Government stated that the suppression was Beijing’s orders. Falun Gong practitioners were told that the Ministry of Public Security intervened in this incident and the problem could only be solved by going to Beijing.
The Course of the "4.25" Peaceful Appeal
The Tianjin arrests quickly spread throughout the country. Out of trust in the government, many Falun Gong practitioners voluntarily appealed to the State Appealing Office on April 25. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong people gathered near Fuyou Street where the State Appealing Office is located (near Zhongnanhai). Despite the large number of people, the protest was quiet and orderly, and even the policemen who maintained security felt that there was nothing to do and started chatting.
From the CCTV News’ live photos at that time, it can be seen that behind the appealing masses was not the unique red wall of Zhongnanhai; instead the red wall and west gate of Zhongnanhai were across the street. No one was gathered next to the red wall of Zhongnanhai. Even in the live video broadcast by CCTV, there were no emotional crowds, no banners, and no slogans. Obviously, the appealing masses did not "encircle" Zhongnanhai, nor were there the so-called "assault” incidents. The Chinese Communist Party's lie about Zhongnanhai being surrounded and under threat was therefore discredited.
Judging from the CCTV broadcast, the Ministry of Public Security had already planned a conspiracy to frame Falun Gong. At that time, the Ministry of Public Security deployed and arranged cameras in advance to scan each participant. If they believed that the act of appealing was illegal, they could take action at that time. However, it is clear that Luo Gan and his gang were plotting to defame Falun Gong.
On that day, Premier Zhu Rongji met with Falun Gong practitioner representatives.
Falun Gong practitioner representatives made three appeals: the first was to release all practitioners who were illegally arrested in Tianjin; the second was to provide a legal and reasonable cultivation environment for Falun Gong practitioners; the third was to allow the publication of Falun Gong related books.
Zhu Rongji quickly ordered the Tianjin Public Security Bureau to release the arrested Falun Gong practitioners, reiterating the state's policy of not interfering with the mass exercises.
During the meeting between state council staff and Falun Gong representatives, tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners waited quietly outside. When the meeting ended after 8 pm, Falun Gong practitioners calmly left the scene after learning that Tianjin had released the arrested Falun Gong practitioners. Before leaving, the ground was completely cleaned, and no pieces of shredded paper remained. Even cigarette butts dropped by police were picked up.
A policeman who maintained order at the time said to those around him, “Look, this is virtue!”
International Reaction to the "4.25" Peaceful Appeal
The peaceful settlement of the "April 25" incident shocked the world. The peaceful rationality and perseverance of righteousness and justice displayed by Falun Gong practitioners were highly praised by the international community, and many overseas media reported positively. The "4·25" appeal was called "the most rational, peaceful, and satisfactory appeal in the history of China".
The Spirit of "4.25" Peaceful Appeal
Judging by the fact that the Chinese Communist Party persecuted Falun Gong under the false name of "siege of Zhongnanhai", the causality can be seen as a conspiracy against the Falun Gong organized by the Chinese Communist Party.
1. The position where Falun Gong practitioners stood was consciously guided by the armed police, away from the State Appealing Office, with the intention of creating a "siege" of Zhongnanhai scene.
2. The Ministry of Public Security of the Communist Party of China deployed cameras to scan each participant, with the intention of persecution.
3. He Zuoxiu, the scientific ruffian, walked around the West Gate of Zhongnanhai in an attempt to provoke practitioners’ emotions, create a scene that appeared to be attacking Zhongnanhai, and make an excuse for persecuting Falun Gong.
However, the kindness of Falun Gong practitioners and the great restraint and forbearance eliminated the potential conflicts deliberately created by Luo Gan and some other bad people.
The bad people who are accustomed to deception, evil, and struggle simply cannot understand the mentality and ideological realm of Falun Gong practitioners who practice according to truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. Falun Gong practitioners displayed the universal values of truthfulness-compassion-forbearance to the world through "4.25", which can change not only individuals and society, but also the world. Falun Gong practitioners were not frightened and did not flinch in the face of this unprecedented persecution, but instead insisted on adhering to the spirit of "4.25" for more than 20 years of peaceful truth clarification, moving the world.
In April last year, during a commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the April 25 Peaceful Appeal held by Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney, a passerby said, "I do business with China, and I can feel the Chinese government's control of the people when I am in China. Therefore, I feel that Falun Gong practitioners in China are very courageous. This is because they insist on Falun Dafa’s beliefs. I believe in the values of ‘truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance’ and that Falun Gong practitioners adhering to Falun Dafa’s beliefs is a great and beautiful thing. I also believe that they will change the status quo and the world.”
On April 26 last year, Swedish Falun Gong practitioners went to the Chinese Embassy in Sweden and displayed prominent banners that read "Stop Persecution of Falun Gong" and "Falun Dafa is good" to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the peaceful appeal of Falun Gong practitioners on April 25. The practitioners were on the lawn opposite the Chinese Embassy accompanied by beautiful practice music to show people the peaceful sets of exercises. Some practitioners read a letter of persuasion to the Chinese Embassy staff through speakers, while other practitioners clarified the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong to passersby and distributed leaflets, calling on people to pay attention to this cruel persecution that has continued for two decades. The quiet and peaceful scene of the event deeply moved passersby and police officers on duty. Many drivers slowed down, smiled at the practitioners, and gestured to show their support.
However, the Chinese embassy staged an ugly drama again, leading more people to learn the truth about Falun Gong. Before ten o'clock, there was suddenly a harsh and noisy sound from the courtyard of the Chinese Embassy followed by a series of continuously playing songs via multiple high-pitched loudspeakers. The purpose was to interfere with Falun Gong practitioners' truth-clarification activity. Some Chinese and Western practitioners continued to meditate quietly, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth to passersby and police officers on duty.
A middle-aged Swedish couple were shocked to see this scene and became very angry when they learned the truth. The gentleman said, "If I had any questions in the past about the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong and live organ harvesting, I now completely understand today how evil the CCP is after seeing such a rogue and despicable performance by the CCP in the free and democratic country of Sweden.”
Many passersby on bicycles were attracted by the loud noises and stopped to find out what was going on. After learning the truth, a person was very angry. He said, "This cannot be allowed, and it must be stopped!" He then took the initiative to talk to police on duty. The police and Falun Gong practitioners went to the Chinese embassy to stop their interference, but no one answered.
After understanding the truth, many people used their mobile phones to record the practitioners' activities and the noise from the embassy to show their friends the evil and despicable behavior of the CCP.
The Chinese Communist Party's despicable behavior angered the police on duty. Niklas Lindqvist, the on-duty policeman of the day, believed that the behavior of the Chinese embassy that day was completely disruptive (harassment). In an interview with the media, he said, "Today, my mission is to safeguard the freedom of assembly, demonstration, and expression in Sweden. In Sweden, we have a long tradition of people enjoying freedom of speech and assembly. Everyone can express his or her views. Today, from my personal perspective, I am very angry and annoyed. I should have no personal opinions or comments. I know the people here (Falun Gong practitioners) because it is not their first time coming to express their opinions. Actually, I do not understand their views, and what we saw today is the second interference (the first interference was November 24, 2018). I simply do not understand why the Chinese government is so nervous. I do not understand.”
Nicklas went on to say, "After today’s mission is over, we will report that the Chinese embassy interfered with the freedom of assembly and expression in Sweden. We will send a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask them to investigate this case. I have communicated with my supervisor.”
Ric, a freelancer, also came to the event. He had been paying attention to human rights issues in China for many years. He has been to China eight times and is preparing to make a big show for the Swedish radio to let more people know what happened under the terrible social system of the Chinese Communist Party. On that day, he wanted to interview Falun Gong practitioners on the spot but could not because of the noise. He sincerely admired Falun Gong practitioners who were faced with such an evil Chinese Communist Party for many years. He stated that he also had to stand up and support Falun Gong practitioners.
Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China have long been stigmatized, monitored, kidnapped, imprisoned, re-educated, sentenced, and brainwashed. Many were killed, tortured, their organs harvested, and their families broken by the CCP’s persecution. The cases are countless. However, Falun Gong practitioners still abide by the spirit of "4.25" and peacefully and rationally clarify the truth to the world even when the CCP virus raged in Wuhan. They told people the life-saving words: "Falun Dafa is good, truthfulness-compassion-tolerance is good." Many people were saved because they believed in the nine words. Many realized the devil's face of the Chinese Communist Party and chose to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party and its associated organizations. They realized that Falun Gong practitioners told the truth, saw the value of truthfulness-compassion-tolerance, and chose to stand on with Falun Gong and broke ties with the CCP.
However, the time for saving people is limited. Falun Gong practitioners cannot be persecuted forever, and the world is not a paradise for the CCP’s arbitrary behavior. Those who are still persecuting Falun Gong under the CCP’s control are really in danger.
We hope that all beings will earnestly understand the truth on this year's "4.25" commemorative day and Falun Gong practitioners’ advice and make choices as soon as possible to be saved!
After the truth is revealed, the world will surely realize the great significance of the "4.25" spirit. The glory of the "4.25" spirit will be extolled for many generations to come!
Chinese version: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/258567