On April 25, Falun Gong practitioners from Madrid gathered at the Chinese Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong and commemorate the April 25 peaceful appeal.
Many people talked to practitioners and learned about the persecution. They condemned the Communist Party's brutality and expressed support for the practitioners. Many of them signed the petitions. One gentleman came up to the practitioners twice. The second time, he said: "I am back to tell you that I support you. My whole family supports you. Please give me some flyers. I will pass them to my friends. I hope the persecution will end soon."
On April 25, 1999, over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China gathered outside the State Council Appeals Office to demand their basic freedom of belief and the immediate release of 45 fellow practitioners who had been unlawfully arrested. As a result of the appeal the Chinese Communist regime promised to protect the practitioners' rights and released the arrested practitioners; however, three months later, the regime started a nationwide persecution to "eliminate Falun Gong." The brutal persecution has continued for nearly 11 years.
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