Chinese Use Microblogs to Withdraw From Party
The scandal triggered by former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun’s attempted defection to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in February has added fuel to a movement of ordinary Chinese renouncing the ruling communist party.
Wang Lijun was sentenced to 15 years on Sept. 24 and Bo Xilai, his former boss, is also facing jail time. The Epoch Times has reported in detail on both Wang and Bo’s involvement in live organ harvesting and human corpse trading.
On China’s twitter-like platform Sina Weibo (weibo means “microblog” in Chinese), there are many postings regarding quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Many are now linking their withdrawal to the scandal.
Owner of Yangshao posted a message titled “I want to quit the CCP”: “ I’m speaking as a Chongqing resident … His [Bo Xilai’s] fall, no matter whether he was guilty or not, makes me completely lose hope for this organization.”
Homeless dog wrote: “Prophecy—in the near future, there will be a huge wave of Tuidang in China.”
Wang Ting with beard wrote: “Nowadays the CCP is not very popular … The leftists exploded after Bo was expelled from the Party. Some of them quit the CCP, and some said they would never join the CCP. The Americans for sure don’t like the CCP, nor do the Japanese. It seems everyone can form an alliance to oppose the CCP.”
The movement has also grown much bolder. While in the past, those withdrawing did so discreetly, often with fake names, now some are doing so directly.
Jiannanchun Group Quits
The Jiannanchun Group Ltd. located in Mianzhu City, Sichuan Province, is a large privately owned white wine manufacturer that used to be a state-owned company. In August, the company’s CEO and higher management team bought back employees’ stocks at very low price. Consequently, over 2,000 workers went on strike in mid-August. On Aug. 22, employees who are CCP members jointly sent a statement to the Party central stating that they have lost hope in the Party and therefore want to quit the Party.
The movement’s growth is evidenced by the number of netizens discussing it in social media.Many Chinese netizens use code words to talk about quitting the CCP on the microblog, recently, a search for “Tuidang,” which means quit the Party, in Sina weibo resulted in 18,549 findings.
The following is a selection of edited “Tuidang” (quitting the Party) postings made by Chinese nationals.
College Professors Quit the CCP
On the evening of Sept. 9, Chinese lawyer Wang Zhaoyi blogged that Zhang Xuezhong, a professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), had made an important political decision of his life by quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Wang told New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television that Zhang made the announcement on his microblog, but his posting was soon blocked.
Zhang Xuezhong had previously been suspended from teaching after he openly supported students’ protest against Chinese regime’s introducing brainwashing classes in Hong Kong schools.
On Sept. 16, a blogger named “omoi” who teaches at Hefei University of Technology in Anhui Province posted her statement to quit the CCP: “This time, (the CCP) uses patriotism to incite riots and disputes with a foreign country, in order to accelerate an internal power struggle. Such an underhanded scheme you (the CCP) have used on the people of China … I therefore want to quit the CCP.”
Righteous Time 123 wrote on Sept. 28: “Tomorrow I’ll submit my statement to quit the CCP. This society is not for a Party member like me.”
Classmate Zhong Guagua from Guangdong said on microblog: “The teacher who teaches Constitution is a 30-year-old female Ph.D. Because she said she wanted to quit the CCP, I go to her class the most this semester.”
Since the publication of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” by The Epoch Times, 124,832,917 people have quit the CCP and it’s affiliated organizations as of Oct. 1.
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