Venezuela’s Color Revolution and What It Means to the Chinese Regime

January 28, 2019 Updated: January 31, 2019

On the morning of Jan. 23, an event that shocked the world took place: with support from the opposition Party, nearly 100,000 Venezuelan citizens flocked to the streets of Caracas and shouted “Maduro, Step Down!” to protest against Maduro’s dictatorial socialist government for countless disasters it brought to what once was South America’s richest country over the years.

Extreme corruption, inflation, mass famines, immigration crisis…the list goes on. Subsequently, the United States, Canada, Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Peru have successively announced their recognition of the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. Although China, Russia, Iran and other countries claimed to support Maduro, it is clear that the time he will remain in power has come to an end.

Through non-violent means, the Venezuelan people bravely expressed their hope for the arrival of democracy and freedom and dramatically changed Venezuela’s political landscape, as well as won support from the international mainstream society. This is another example of how people attempt to utilize Color Revolution to restore freedom, justice, and the rule of law—the universal values that are fundamental to protecting human dignity.

Color Revolution, also known as Flower Revolution, refers to a series of political movements that began in Central Asia and CIS countries in Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, all of which intended to overthrow authoritarian and tyrannical regimes through non violence. Participants embraced liberal democracy and universal values, they hoped to resist the rulers through non-violent means and bring political change. They often used a special color or flower as a symbol of their movement.

Some well-known examples of the Color Revolution include: the “Velvet Revolution” in Czechoslovakia, the “Tulip Revolution” in Kyrgyzstan, the “Saffron Revolution” in Myanmar, and the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong.

Strangely, not long ago on Jan. 17, at a meeting held by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the country’s police force, the Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi specifically mentioned the “Color Revolution” in his speech. He said that it is extremely important to “utilize the collective wisdom and full power of the entire police force” to focus on guarding against “Color Revolutions” and “winning the war of maintaining political stability and defending political security.”

At similar public security meetings over the past few years, the CCP always emphasized the old-fashioned topic of “maintaining national security.” Why did Zhao Kezhi start to emphasize resisting the “Color Revolutions” all of a sudden? It might be due to the fact that the CCP’s tyranny has caused anger among the entire Chinese people for decades. Its regime has been faltering and might collapse at any time. It is fearful of the occurrence of any “Color Revolution” in China and thus decided to focus its domestic police force on defense against such movements by common citizens. This is a manifestation of its final effort to stay in power.

As many political commentators have pointed out, looking back at history, since the CCP started ruling China, whenever the number “9” appears in a year, that year was always chaotic: the Great Famine and suppression of Tibet in 1959, Zhenbao Island incident in 1969, war against Vietnam in 1979, Tiananmen Square Massacre of students in 1989, the suppression of Falun Gong in 1999, the suppression and mass internment of Xinjiang Uyghurs in 2009, and so on. It is widely known that Venezuela is one of CCP’s most important allies.

At the beginning, the CCP decided to establish a cooperative relationship with Venezuela because of two primary reasons: On the one hand, it wanted to import oil from Venezuela to fill a potential gap caused by the failure to import oil from Iran. On the other hand, by helping Venezuela develop its economy, Maduro can continue to obstruct America and the Trump administration. The CCP would possibly have never thought that its new investment agenda has essentially failed.

The Venezuela Color Revolution will for sure give the CCP a big hit. Given that such a major event occurred in the beginning of 2019, in addition to a variety of other signs, all of which perhaps signifies that in 2019, China’s political landscape is very likely to undergo major changes.

Now, under the leadership of the United States, a global anti-socialist and anti-communism movement has began to form. As “How The Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World” has pointed out that: “In the “Tuidang Movement,” more than 300 million Chinese people bravely chose to quit the Party and to be spiritually separated from the Communist shackles. This is already disintegrating the CCP invisibly.”

In the Venezuelan Color Revolution, one story I found to be particularly memorable is a video that a Venezuelan father recorded for his daughter who is now in exile. In the video, the father shouted excitedly: “My child, look, I am giving you a live broadcast. This is today’s Venezuela! It is your homeland, where you were born! In the name of God, in the name of Jesus, I promise that Venezuela will be free!” On January 24th, this video gained wide attention on Twitter, especially among Chinese users. Some netizens changed these words into: “My child, look, I am giving you a live broadcast. This is today’s China! It is your homeland, where you were born! In the name of God, in the name of Jesus, I promise: China will be free!”

The Venezuelan people’s resistance against dictatorship and effort to regain freedom will be remembered by history. Looking at China, the day when the Chinese people finally escape from the CCP’s red claws will not be too far away, either.

Flora Yan is a junior at the University of Washington in Seattle double majoring in political science and communication. She is conducting research related to the impact of propaganda on public opinion and public policy; the role of propaganda in totalitarian countries; and the connection between human rights and foreign policy. An aspiring China observer, she is particularly interested in human rights issues in China.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.