The publication of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party by The Epoch Times near the end of last year triggered a large and rapidly growing number of withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Since that time, mainland Chinese have used every possible method of communication to declare their “three withdrawals”—resignations from the CCP, the Youth League and the Young Pioneers (both affiliates of the CCP).
Falun Gong practitioners, who have suffered intense persecution since 1999, are well acquainted with the CCP’s evil nature, which the Nine Commentaries exposes so thoroughly. Practitioners were the first to spread the Nine Commentaries and to lead the tide of CCP withdrawals. Despite the personal risks, Falun Gong practitioners aided their relatives, friends, and countrymen in circulating the Nine Commentaries and in publishing their declarations, the three withdrawals.
The CCP appears unconcerned in the face of the Nine Commentaries and the wave of party resignations. In reality, however, the CCP has been shaken to the core. While denying concern through its mouthpieces, the party has used various methods to divert the people’s attention from the Nine Commentaries and the wave of public resignations from the party. To that end the CCP has fostered “The Movement to Maintain the Advanced Nature of the CCP,” “The Anti-Session Law,” and “The Anti-Japan Demonstrations.”
Overseas, the CCP has resorted to wide-scale telephone harassment of Falun Gong practitioners. Within China, the party has issued threats and committed various forms of persecution against citizens who have quit the party. Falun Gong practitioners who spread the Nine Commentaries and help people quit the party are especially targeted. Acts such as police abductions, searching homes, confiscating possessions, dismissal from work, forced labor, jail time, and in some cases, even murder, have created a climate of state terror.
This year alone, the CCP has organized and launched three nationwide mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners. These three campaigns were conducted in March, when the number of party withdrawals was on the rise; in July, before the “World CCP Withdrawal Day,” and in September and October, in connection with Hu Jintao’s visits to North America. The cases of police abductions of Falun Gong practitioners, as reported by Clearwisdom.net, have reached over ten thousand. Those who have been seized have been sent to labor camps, sentenced to prison terms, or even beaten to death. Many have been dismissed from school or have lost their jobs during this wave of persecution.
We appeal to all governments, organizations, media and citizens of the world to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its attempt to prevent withdrawals from the party and for its persecution of those who resign from the CCP. We appeal to all people of conscience to support and assist those who are facing persecution.
The majority of the abductions of Falun Gong practitioners in the past six months have been related to the circulation of the Nine Commentaries and to the publication of the three withdrawals. Below are excerpts from Clearwisdom.net that reveal cases of persecution related to the Nine Commentaries and the movement of resigning from the Chinese Communist Party.
Mass Arrests Before the CCP’s National Day on October 1, 2005
Acts of persecution took place primarily on university campuses in Haidian District and at truth-clarification material supply sites in Beijing. On September 28, 28 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Haidian District. The mass arrests before the CCP’s National day were designed to create terror and to restrict the dissemination of the Nine Commentaries and news of the wave of CCP resignations. Another part of the politically motivated scheme took place before the Fifth Plenary Session of the 16th Central Committee of the CCP on October 8. Behind the scenes, manipulators attempted to tie the Falun Gong issue to the administration of President Hu and Premier Wen and to lead their administration deeper and deeper into persecuting Falun Gong.
Strangled to Death for Possessing the Nine Commentaries
Ms. Guo Lifang, 54, was a resident of Xiangtan City and a Falun Gong practitioner. On March 31, 2005, at about 3:00 pm, three people broke into Guo’s home. One of them, a police officer, noticed the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party . He immediately arrested Guo and took her to the Xiangtan City Detention Center, where she was brutally tortured in order to force a confession. On April 17, Guo’s family was informed that she had died of unnatural causes. Guo’s autopsy report said that her body showed signs of strangulation.
Student Expelled from School
In Laiwu City, Shandong Province, Duan Xirong, a 15-year-old middle school student took a copy of the Nine Commentaries with her to school. Upon discovering the copy, one of her teachers beat Duan and expelled her from school. Duan has been deprived of continuing her education. Duan’s parents, Duan Chonghua and Meng Chunlan, are both in forced-labor camps. They were arrested for practicing Falun Gong.
Ten Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in Yunnan Province
Towards the end of July, 2005, ten Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Yunnan Province. Among them were Wang Lan, Gao Hong, Zhao Chenyu, Zhao Yongmei, Li Junping, Yang, Qiongxian, Zuo Lixin, Mao Danxin, Sun Yunji, and Xiao Tian. They were on a trip to Tibet.
Their arrests were reportedly due to their spreading the Nine Commentaries and news about Party resignations to Tibetans, and also for having copies of the Nine Commentaries in their homes.
Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP October 21, 2005