Well-known Chinese writer Zhang Lin publicly declared his withdrawal from the Communist Youth League (CYL) August 20 during an interview with the Chinese Epoch Times (Dajiyuan).
Zhang Lin, a democracy activist from eastern China’s Anhui Province, had been serving a five-year sentence for an article he published on the internet in 2005. He was released from prison August 12 for health reasons.
During his time in prison, Zhang was unaware of the current campaign of quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. During the interview of August 20, he publicly quit the CYL.
Mr. Zhang said he was greatly moved and inspired when he read the withdrawal statement of Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. Mr. Li’s statement of withdrawal from the CYL had been published in the Chinese Epoch Times. Zhang gave the reporter his own statement as follows.
“My mother’s parents were landlords, and she was thus bullied [by the CCP], so I’ve opposed the Communist Party since I was little. I didn’t join the Red Guards or the Communist Young Pioneers.
“However, when I studied at Qinghua University, all of my classmates were members of the CYL or the CCP. I bowed to peer pressure and joined the CYL with an unclear mind. But I haven’t joined any of their activities; neither did I pay dues after a few months.
“I have been out of the CYL for many years, and I’ve bitterly hated the CCP. Even so, having been a member of the CYL and having taken the serious [membership] oath remains a stain on my life and troubles my conscience deeply. Therefore, I solemnly and publicly declare my withdrawal from the CYL and hereby draw a clear and distinct line between myself and all organizations and institutions of the evil CCP.
“I’m not only completely breaking off from the CCP, but will also fight against this devil to the end. Between the righteous and the evil, I will never hesitate to choose justice—no matter how great the price I must pay.”
Zhang said he believes that “only through a declaration of withdrawal from the CCP can one be saved, truly expel the evil spirit, and stand on the side [that is] blessed by God. If we believe in and choose justice and conscience, God will save us,” he continued.
“We must believe in God and trust ourselves to God. There will be a good future.” said Zhang.
Zhang Lin had published a few articles related to the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party from late 2004 until his arrest in 2005. They included “Thoughts on the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” and “The Power of Language: Nine Commentaries,” among others. He had not had the opportunity to participate in the Quit the CCP Campaign when he was arrested for "inciting subversion of state power."
Zhang said, “Making a public statement to break from the CCP is like breaking away from evil. It is a necessary process for dispelling the shadow in one’s heart, removing a stain on one’s life, really freeing oneself, and enhancing one’s spirit. It’s not enough to recognize the evil of the CCP—one must also take action.”
Zhang suggested that all [Chinese] people find a way to publish their withdrawal statements on the Tuidang (Quit the CCP) Web site. “It’s a testimony to heaven and earth, to history, and to conscience.” said Zhang.
He believes that the campaign to withdraw from the party is very important. It has practical significance because it can not only awaken the conscience, but also help people overcome fear.
“The CCP has used violence and lies for years. It’s hard to defeat it with guns which might actually arouse its fighting spirit. However, the campaign to quit the party is not only peaceful and rational, but also compassionate and tolerant. It’s a way to awaken the public’s conscience and courage from the root. Thus, the CCP has no way to deal with it.” said Zhang.
According to the latest statistics from the Tuidang Web site, nearly 60 million people have published statements of withdrawal from the CCP. In China, from common people to intellectuals, from army officers to soldiers to high-ranking government officials, there are more and more people choosing to quit the CCP.