There is a grassroots movement sweeping China, but few outside China are aware of it. It is creating a challenge for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as the number of Chinese citizens who have quit the Party to date has reached a staggering 300 million—and that figure is climbing fast, averaging around 90,000–150,000 withdrawals daily. Just where will it end?
On July 20, 1999, the CCP unleashed a campaign of persecution and terror against the tens of millions of followers of Falun Gong, which is a peaceful meditation practice. Falun Gong was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992. It quickly spread like wildfire, and party head Jiang Zemin feared its popularity. He was insanely jealous to discover there were an estimated 100 million followers, and he ordered a systematic persecution to eradicate this spiritual practice from China. Horrific human rights abuse followed the regime’s genocidal policy, with countless killings, including forced organ harvesting—which continues to this day.
An independent report by human rights lawyer David Matas, former Canadian MP David Kilgour, and investigative writer Ethan Gutmann in 2016 exposed the Chinese regime’s organ-harvesting syndicate.
“The ultimate conclusion is that the Chinese Communist Party has engaged the state in the mass killings of innocents, primarily practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises, Falun Gong, but also Uyghurs, Tibetans, and select House Christians, in order to obtain organs for transplants,” reads the report.
China’s political system has cracks appearing, and it’s obvious to the regime that they have monumental problems. President Xi Jinping became Party head in 2013, and is cleaning up corruption within the Party’s ranks, hoping to tighten the reins. After a vote on March 11, Xi was declared ruler with no limits on his term. In other words, he can rule indefinitely.
So, how does 300 million resignations from the CCP and its affiliated organizations fit into the scheme of things?
In 2004, The Epoch Times published a series of editorials titled the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, expounding on the tyranny of the CCP, and of China’s highly censored history that many Chinese aren’t aware of. The response from Chinese readers was overwhelming, and it was this publication that sparked the Quit-the-CCP movement. “Tuidang,” which literally means “quit the Party,” is the biggest grassroots movement in history. At first there were thousands, then there were tens of thousands of Chinese people quitting the Party each day. Now that daily renunciation figure is teetering on the hundreds of thousands. Needless to say, the mere mention of Tuidang in China can get you arrested.
At this critical juncture in history, Chinese Falun Dafa practitioners are peacefully taking steps to defy the Communist Party’s persecution policy by being the main driving force behind the Quit-the-CCP movement, and defend their practice, which is based on the universal principles of Truthfulness—Compassion—Tolerance.
In anticipation of the 300 million people who’ve quit the Party, a parade was held on March 10 in Toronto, Canada. The theme was “Quitting the Communist Party for a Better Future.”
Resident Paul Welsh applauded Falun Gong practitioners for their bravery in standing up to oppression and letting the whole world know what’s really going on in China. He told a Minghui reporter that the parade “sends a strong message and I am happy to see so many people have decided to stay away from the Party.”
Mr. Lian, from China, was happy to see the parade. “The number of people who have quit the CCP keeps increasing,” he said. “This means that they want to separate themselves from that totalitarian regime. The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are the hope of China.”
Over the past few years, the CCP has increased its internet surveillance and clamped down on religious groups and media. Some areas, such as Tibet and Xinjiang, are total “no-go” areas for media. Human rights lawyers, bloggers, and activists have been arrested in the persecution, and often harsh prison terms have been implemented. The persecution of Falun Gong and other religious groups, such as house Christians, continues unabated.
Dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is quoted by the BBC as saying: “People can be monitored, their phones can be tapped and you can be followed. They can find you, they can intimidate you or scare you—or wrongly accuse you.”
Nearly 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners participated in the parade in Brooklyn, New York, on March 11. During the event, 46 people quit the CCP, 166 quit the Communist Youth League, and 349 quit the Communist Young Pioneers.
The Chinese people are becoming fed up with living under such tight control and yearn for the freedom of speech and religious freedom that perhaps many in the West take for granted.
Just as the Berlin Wall crumbled overnight in 1989, will the CCP be next?