Over 10,000 gathered quietly in Beijing 16 years ago to ask the government to release several dozen practitioners detained in Tianjin, and to reaffirm their right to practice Falun Gong. The 10,000 left peacefully after Premier Zhu Rongji agreed to release the dozens detained and gave assurances that the Party did not oppose Falun Gong. Soon after, however, President Jiang Zemin initiated the brutal persecution. Thus the peaceful demonstration of April 25 marked the beginning of 16 years of Falun Gong's non-violent resistance.
“Shen Yun is pure art,” said a film producer from China who caught one of the eight sold-out Shen Yun Performing Arts shows in Taipei last week. He was one of many from the Mainland who traveled there to see the show, which cannot be seen in China due to the communist regime's oppression. Taiwanese audience members equally cherished the opportunity to connect with Shen Yun's expression of traditional culture.
Audience members across the United States thrilled to Shen Yun's dazzling depictions of history and traditional values brought to life through dance and music. “Outstanding,” “beautiful” and “moving” were often heard when people described their experience at the performances. As one theatergoer put it, “I was expecting to be pleased, but it’s beyond [pleasing]—it’s amazing!”
When the police arrested Mr. You Yunsheng, they knocked him down, put him in a choke hold, and punched him in the face six or seven times.
Practitioners joined in traditional Songkran (Thai New Year) celebrations again this year, invited to teach and demonstrate the exercises at a museum in Nakhon Chai Si, in the outskirts of Bangkok.
Mayor Colin Basran of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, has proclaimed the month of May 2015 as Falun Dafa Month.
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Self Immolation Hoax
Biggest propaganda stunt of all time, cooked up to make Falun Gong look bad
The true death count is likely many times higher
Organ Harvesting Crimes
Tens of thousands likely killed for their organs
So-Called "1400 Deaths"
A fundamental mistruth in the false propaganda against Falun Gong
April 25 Peaceful Appeal
The most peaceful protest in history is called a 'siege' by top party brass
Prosecuting Jiang Zemin
Bringing the prime culprit in the persecution to justice
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