Chinese Communist Party Has Lost the People’s Hearts

Chinese Communist Party Has Lost the People’s Hearts

By Michael Young

Created: Aug 16, 2011
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2011

 

RENOUNCING THE PARTY: A volunteer offers information at the Tuidang Service Center in Mongkok, Hong Kong. At this booth, every day hundreds of Chinese people renounce association with the Chinese Communist Party. More than 100,000 people quit the CCP each year here.

RENOUNCING THE PARTY: A volunteer offers information at
the Tuidang Service Center in Mongkok, Hong Kong.
At this booth, every day hundreds of Chinese people renounce association with
the Chinese Communist Party. More than 100,000 people quit the CCP each year
here. (Yu Gang/The Epoch Times )

After June 1989, when the Chinese
people failed in their bold attempt to demand freedom and democracy in Tiananmen
Square, and the tanks and machine guns of the People’s Liberation Army took
thousands of lives, the idea of confronting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
seemed to disappear from China. There are signs the Chinese people are becoming
bold once again.

Protesters Insisting on Their Rights

Protests happen every day in China, and the number is rapidly increasing.
Professor Xia Yeliang of Beijing University
said in a Radio Free Asia interview that, according to the statistics from the
CCP’s Political and Legal Committee, the number of group protests in 2009 rose
to 230,000.

Two of the recent protests show the Chinese people not
backing down in confronting authorities.

On Aug. 14, over 50,000
residents of Dalian City, Liaoning Province, occupied the People’s Square in
front of the office building of the city
government and the Communist Party Committee, demanding the shutdown of a
petrochemical plant in the city due to its potential toxicity.

The crowd
was growing and expanding from the square to the local streets. The city’s
Communist Party chief, Tang Jun, failed to convince the protesters to disperse
with his promise to relocate the plant. The protesters demanded a clear
timetable for the relocation.

On the same day, over 5,000 residents in
Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, blocked the streets and traffic, demanding
electricity be provided without blackouts. The poorer quarters of the city say
they have been targeted for power outages by authorities.

A Collective Press Rebellion

Control of the media has always been the highest priority of the Communist
Party. Its Central Committee has a special department called the Central
Propaganda Department, which dictates what stories media can cover and how they
should be covered. However, lately the Propaganda Department’s edicts seem to
have generated widespread resistance and criticism, which they have never
encountered before.

On July 23, two bullet trains collided in Wenchou
City, in Zhejiang Province. According to official figures, 39 died and 192 were
injured. Unofficial estimates of the number of dead were far higher.

A
rescue effort at the accident site was
abruptly discontinued. The cleanup work began, and the front car of the second
train was buried under mud by excavation equipment. Yiyi, a 2-year-old girl, was
found still alive after six hours of the cleanup work.

Anger from the
victims’ family members overflowed, as they believe more lives like that of the
little girl Yiyi could have been saved if a thorough rescue effort had been
carried out.

Reporters were interested in reporting and investigating
the real cause of the crash and the reason that the train car was buried so
quickly.

In China, the Ministry of Railway is well-known for its
corruption and poor service. Its former minister, Liu Zhijun, is known as the
father of high-speed trains in China. He was arrested for corruption in February
2011.

Since corruption is a widespread disease infecting every
department and level of the communist regime, the Central Propaganda Department
feared that digging into the real cause of theaccident would inevitably expose
more stories of corruption and induce a wave of anger toward the Communist
Party.

The Propaganda Department therefore quickly issued directives to
all the media and ordered them not to dig into the causes, not to elaborate on
theaccident, and not to associate the collision with other systematic issues like corruption. Instead, it asked the
media to report how great love was demonstrated by the government during this
great tragedy.

According to a thorough review of the media reactions
by Chinascope, a daily observer of China’s official news media, many official
newspapers and online publications refused to obey the order.

The
Beijing-based Economic Observer interviewed several eyewitnesses and published a
series of commentaries online, directly criticizing the Ministry of Railways for
improperly handling theaccident.

Read
more on the Ministry of Railways

The Twenty-First Century
Business Herald, a Guangzhou-based financial newspaper, published over 40
reports and commentaries on theaccident, which challenged the Ministry of
Railways’ explanation and handling of the accident and listed the Ministry of
Railways officials who were closely connected to companies in the high-speed
train industry.

Beijing News published six editorial commentaries,
questioned those experts who misled the public into believing China has the best
high-speed train safety technology, and demanded the Ministry of Railways
provide more transparent information.

Even Xinhua and the
People’s Daily—the regime’s mouthpieces—started criticizing the Ministry of
Railways. A commentary by Economic Information, a publication under Xinhua,
said: “The right to life is the most basic human right for human beings. …
Protecting every citizen’s right to life is the bottom line for every country.”

On July 29, nearly 100 newspapers had used as headlines in their print
editions the words of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao: “We must provide the public
the truth,” and “the Ministry of Railways must answer if saving people is their
No. 1 task.”

The Beijing Evening News published a 3,000-character
interview with Peking University Law School
professor He Weifang, who called on the National People’s Congress (NPC) to
establish a special committee to investigate the accident. In doing so, it is
trying to challenge the NPC to be independent of the CCP.

China Youth
Online published an article titled “It’s Time to Use the Internet to Force [the
CCP to] Reform.”

Many newspapers protested the ban on reporting the
accident with blank pages that only have the
date of the accident and quotes from Wen Jiabao.

100 Million Chinese Renounce the CCP

After the Epoch Times published the editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist
Party” in 2004, an unprecedented movement began—the “Tuidang” (renounce the
Party) movement.

In China, most of the people, whether they have joined
the CCP or not, have joined the youth organizations affiliated with the CCP—the
Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League. Upon joining, individuals were
required to vow to die for the cause of communism. No one dared to quit these
communist organizations—even if they disliked what they had experienced—for fear
of reprisal.

The “Nine Commentaries” helped the Chinese people come to
recognize the truth of their experience with the CCP—that it is a political evil
cult that has hijacked China and the Chinese people for over 60 years, causing
over 80 million deaths.

The Chinese people use pseudonyms to renounce
association with any of the CCP organizations and, in particular, the vows they
made to die for the Party. Their renunciations are delivered to Tuidang Service
Centers in person or by phone, fax, letter, or through the Internet, where they
are recorded on a Website.

The Tuidang movement provides an amazing and safe way
for the Chinese people to express their true feelings and thoughts about the
Communist Party. According to the New York-based Global Service Center for
Quitting the CCP, people from all walks of life, including current high-ranking
CCP officials and military officers, have used its service.

According to
a Chinese saying, those who lose the heart of the people will lose the world.
The CCP is steadily losing its ground.

Michael Young, a
Chinese-American writer based in Washington, D.C., writes on China and the
Sino-U.S. relationship.

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