Purge of China’s Security Chief in Sight, Says Insider

May 28, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Zhou Yongkang
Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the of Communist Party. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s security chief Zhou Yongkang will soon face the end of his career in the Chinese Communist Party, a well-placed source in Beijing has told The Epoch Times.

The insider also indicated that high-level Party officials are having exploratory discussions about ending the 13-year-long persecution against Falun Gong, a popular spiritual practice.

“The culprit of the persecution of Falun Gong is Jiang Zemin. The main executers of the murders are Luo Gan and Zhou Yongkang,” the source said. He said the persecution “will remain a point of shame in history.”

Jiang Zemin and the officials he promoted through the ranks to continue his Falun Gong campaign are referred to as the “bloody-hands faction.”

The group includes head of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee Zhou Yongkang, former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai, and Bo’s former top cop, Wang Lijun. As most of the members of the faction have stepped down due to old age, Zhou remains the only member who holds a powerful position, though even he has already been significantly undermined by Premier Wen Jiabao. A well-placed source in Beijing told the Epoch Times Zhou is already under investigation.

Rumors that emerged online, despite their cryptic presentation, seemed to tell a similar story.

On May 24, the well-known Chinese scholar Wu Zuolai posted to his Sina microblog: “Last night a friend in touch with the Chinese Communist Party inner circle said that the extreme forces of anti-humanity and anti-human rights will be eliminated. This is a done deal already. ‘The big brother’ will change history. Hope the sweet dreams will become true. Top to bottom reform will incur the least costs.”

The post coincided with a tweet by Huang Bin from Jiangxi Province. The post said, “The news that Zhou Yongkang has been removed from the head position of Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC) already reached bureau level officials.”

The original post from Wu Zuolai was deleted but has been forwarded both on Sina and Twitter.

Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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