Protesters in two cities have been openly calling for the end to communist rule in recent days, as the demand for reform in China quickens, and with it a new apparent lack of fear for the consequences.
Yan’an resident Liu Hui stood on the bustling Beijing Road in Guangzhou on Feb. 13 and 14, holding banners that read “End the Dictatorship” and “Eliminate the Party’s Enslavement of People.” Lui’s companion photographed him with the first banner and uploaded the image to the Internet.
On the first day, Liu was taken away by domestic security officers, but later released, an anonymous human rights defender told The Epoch Times. On the second day he was again detained; his whereabouts are currently unknown, and his cell phone off.
Previously, Liu held anti-communist banners outside the annual “two meetings” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Guangzhou on Jan. 22. They read “Overthrow the Communist Dictatorship, Establish Democracy,” and “The Communist Party Are Communist Bandits.”
The protest is unusual for the direct way in which it calls for an end to one-Party rule. For over a decade in China, most protest action has been couched in terms of attempting to assist the Party implement its own laws–to a large degree because directly criticizing the regime may be treated as a counterrevolutionary crime (or what has been renamed to “subversion of state power”) and severely punished.
The recent shift indicates that the climate of public opinion is shifting against the Communist Party.
In Shanghai, petitioners gather outside the city government building to appeal their rights every Wednesday, but the atmosphere was different on Feb. 20.
A female petitioner began a protest by climbing a tree and shouting the slogan “Overthrow the Communist Party!” which the other petitioners then repeated.
Dozens of policemen arrived in buses, surrounded the tree, and cordoned off the area. However, the woman kept chanting the slogan, and also accused the judiciary of corruption.
Eventually, she was forced to climb down and taken away in a police car. The crowd continued to shout various slogans.
A Shanghai petitioner called Ms. Zhang spoke with The Epoch Times about the incident. She said, “More and more people are losing trust in the CCP, despite the change in government since the 18th National Congress. The Party has no intention of repaying its debt to the Chinese people, regardless of all the blood and tears that have been shed, and is maintaining its power through various methods of deception.”
Political commentator Xing Tianxing referred to the case of Yang Jia, a man who was executed in 2008 after killing six Shanghai policemen. Yang received widespread public support, and Shanghai residents at the time publicly chanted slogans like “Overthrow the Communist Party.”
“More and more human rights defenders in Shanghai have come to realize that the existence of the Communist Party just means more suffering for the people, and that the fundamental reason for this injustice is the rule of the Party,” Xing said.
According to Xing, slogans that used to be forbidden are often heard on the streets in Shanghai and Guangzhou. He summed up the situation by rewording an ancient Chinese phrase: “The Party cannot threaten people with death if they are no longer afraid to die.”
Research by Ariel Tian. Translated by Amy Lien. Written in English by Cassie Ryan.
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