On April 25, Falun Gong practitioners mark the 24th anniversary of their peaceful protest against repression in China.
On that day in 1999, approximately 10,000 practitioners of the spiritual practice appealed to the central government in Beijing for relief from slanderous comments on state-controlled television and publications, and for the release of approximately 45 members of their group who had earlier been arrested in Tianjin near Beijing.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is part of the Buddhist tradition and “combines meditation and gentle exercises (similar to yoga or tai chi) with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance,” according to Falun Dafa Infocenter….

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