"The 'Falun Gong' movement led to the largest and most protracted public demonstrations in China since the democracy movement of 1989. The People's Republic of China (PRC) government, fearful of a political challenge and the spread of social unrest, outlawed Falun Gong in July 1999. Despite a massive government campaign against them and harsh punishments meted out to many followers, Falun Gong members continued to stage demonstrations for over two years. In 2002 and 2003, Falun Gong adherents reportedly interrupted television programming in several PRC cities and broadcast their own images. On October 16, 2003, H.Con.Res. 304 was introduced, calling upon the PRC government to cease human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners in China and stop its harassment of Falun Gong members in the United States."
CRS Report for Congress, RS20333