After seeing a series of high-profile takedowns of former political heavyweights, Chinese police are concerned. A series of renunciations of Party membership and affiliations from police officers has occurred in recent months, as they attempt to make sure they will not be victim to a sudden change in political winds, according to anecdotes relayed to The Epoch Times.
The scandals began in February when Chongqing public security chief Wang Lijun arrived at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu seeking political asylum. Wang reportedly gave U.S. officials information about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) power struggle and human rights violations.
One month later the political spectacle intensified, with Bo Xilai, Party leader of Chongqing, removed from power and placed under investigation.
Since then it has been widely speculated and reported that Zhou Yongkang, head of the powerful Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC), was stripped of his authority and also placed under investigation.
All three men were heavily involved in the persecution of Falun Gong, a popular Chinese spiritual practice that has been suppressed by the CCP since 1999.
Some Chinese police—hearing the fate of Wang, Bo and Zhou—worried they could be held accountable for persecuting Falun Gong if the Party’s policy on the matter suddenly changed.
In one incident a reader contacted The Epoch Times office in Australia and discussed the behavior of a friend who was a police officer in Beijing. After the political events in Chongqing began, the officer asked this friend for software to break China’s Internet censorship so he could access overseas reports.
The policeman said even the Party head and the secretary in his division were nervous about what might happen if the persecution of Falun Gong was stopped by higher authorities.
The officer said that he would from then on passively resist orders to persecute Falun Gong. “If they order us to catch Falun Gong people in the night again, I’ll find a way to excuse myself from it… Next time when someone reports Falun Gong people to us, I’ll just ignore it,” this individual relayed his friend saying.
The officer renounced the CCP at tuidang.dajiyuan.com, a website affiliated with The Epoch Times, according to the friend.
A number of other anecdotes filtered through to Epoch Times reporters.
Ms. Wang, a Falun Gong practitioner in mainland China, has personally seen some of the recent changes in China. At great personal risk she informs people of the existence of the tuidang movement and attempts to persuade them to renounce the CCP; to that end she also hands out DVDs of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” an editorial series that discusses the true history of the CCP, published by this newspaper.
Ms. Wang recounted a recent experience in a supermarket, when she engaged a customer in a discussion of the tuidang movement. Two uniformed policemen approached her, one of them asking “Ma’am, you are talking about Tuidang? We also want to quit the CCP,” Ms. Wang said.
The officers gave their real names to withdraw from the party. Ms. Wang said to them, “Remember: Falun Dafa is good; Truth, Compassion, Forbearance is good. What goes around comes around—good is rewarded with good, and evil with evil. One officer replied, “We know, that’s why we quit the CCP. It is way too corrupt—we hate it!”
She gave another anecdote that took place in late April, when Ms. Wang saw two policemen standing on the side of a street. She decided to speak to them about Falun Gong. Then she asked, “Have you joined the CCP, the Youth League, or Young Pioneers?”
One of the policemen replied, “We’ve been waiting for you. It’s great you are here now! Both of us want to quit the CCP, but we don’t know how. Now you are here— it’s great! Could you help us withdraw from the CCP?”
The other officer told Ms. Wang, “We know the CCP is corrupt; we have to quit. We don’t believe in it at all.”
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