No More Chinese Communist Party

January 31, 2009

The city of Vancouver is tearing down Falun Gong’s protest site.

What the heck?! I can’t believe this at all.  These people are treated so badly by the CCP in China, so badly, but no one dares to inform themselves of the extremety of the torture done to them..  On top of the governments doing squat to help the horrible situation and relieve these people from immense suffering, now they want to stop them protesting.  It’s absolutely sick.  So many people saying that the protest site was an eyesore, those people have a major mental illness.  What kind of freak , instead of pitying the persecuted, calls them an eyesore for trying to reach out for help?  It’s awful.

The BC Supreme Court has ruled for the removal of the Falun Gong protesthutvan billboards and hut outside the Chinese Consulate on Granville Street. The city was granted an injunction under the pretext that the group breached some street structure bylaw.

The Falun Gong has maintained that hut and those billboards for over seven years to protest their consistent persecution and torture by the Chinese government.
Their values and beliefs were perceived by the Chinese government as a distinction from the Marxist-atheist ideology and a challenge to party rule. They were banned from practice in 1999. Since then a massive crackdown began on the group; criminalization, torture, illegal imprisonment, and psychiatric abuse were used to persecute practitioners. Several human rights investigators reported the ongoing practice of systematic organ harvesting from living Falung Gong practitioners in China.

The terror campaign doesn’t stop there, the party uses everything they could to persecute the group[:] the education system, the workplace, family members, and a large scale of media propaganda.

During the past seven year, the dismantl[ing] of the billboards and banners was ordered only once in 2006, by the former [Vancouver] Mayor after major pressure from an important economic partner: the Chinese government. Then, the freedom of expression prevailed, but today they are fighting against more powerful forces: the Olympics.

Not only the Canadian Government failed them in doing nothing against the human rights violations in China, but now because of the coming of the 2010 Olympics, the BC government and the city have raised some concerns that were absent for seven years and under the pretext of some kind of bylaw they are depriving this group of one of the most fundamental [freedoms] of a democratic society; the freedom of expression.

In this photo the door is knocked off and the hut has holes because it was taken after an attack by an Asian man, with a gun, who beat the Falun Gong person and the hut.  Story at this blog

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January 28, 2009

Chinese Dissident Bao Tong Speaks Out

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TIME:

On the sixth floor of an apartment building there lives a veteran of the opaque, unforgiving world of Chinese statecraft. Bao Tong, 76, was a top aide and speechwriter for the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in the 1980s. Now he lives under virtual house arrest, his every move observed, every visitor screened by a handful of guards, every conversation presumably monitored. The Communist Party would clearly like him to fade into oblivion, to live out the rest of his days caring for his goldfish and taking walks in the park. But Bao Tong has no intention of going out quietly. (See pictures of China on the wild side.)

Over the past month Bao has repeatedly questioned the authoritarian nature of China’s central government — in very public ways. He helped draft Charter 08, a lengthy pro-democracy online manifesto initially published in early December by 303 mainland writers, scholars and artists, a number that has since grown to several thousand. Soon after, he released a series of essays through Radio Free Asia that questioned the very motivations and accomplishments of the Party.

Bao Tong says his decision to sign the landmark Charter comes from a long-held regret over joining the Communist Party as a young man. “Sixty years ago I wanted violence. In order to promote Leninism and communism, I joined this Party…I signed Charter 08 to correct my mistake of 60 years ago,” Bao said one recent afternoon in the Beijing apartment he shares with his wife. Bao’s face is visibly weary, but he sits with an erect posture, and his eyes flash as he discusses history and politics. “This is not about using violent means to change society,” he says. “It’s about using peaceful, rational means. Everything I do can be boiled down to one word: patriotism.”

Bao Tong: The Truth about the Olympics

Is there any point in taking on the Communist Party?

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Telegraph: Prof Xu [Xu Youyu (徐友渔)] said he was deeply pessimistic about the future. He acknowledged the point that there were leaders now in high office who had very similar experiences to his own – disillusionment with the Cultural Revolution, adoption of a reform agenda, study abroad – but, as he put it, “it is the seat that is important, not the personal view”. In other words, the very act of joining the apparatus removed any scope for personal opinion to emerge, and by the time you reached the top, it was too late – your mast was firmly attached to the (single) sail. He saw little chance for reform from within. In these circumstances, the only position for intellectuals such as him was to stand apart and hold on to their personal truths, such as those espoused in the Charter.

In fact, elsewhere in the interview he was less bleak. He rightly located some of the arguments about the Charter in the very lively debate in China’s intellectual world, including newspapers, between those who believe that notions of human rights, freedom of speech and democracy and so on are “universal values” to which China should ascribe, or whether they are Western values which West-friendly academics (such as him) are trying to impose on an unwilling and unready nation. Prof Xu, needless to say, argues for the former, and wonders whether those who argue against are really serious. What world do they believe in?

January 22, 2009

Chinese intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for a boycott of state television news programmes.

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BBC: The letter says China’s Central Television (CCTV) has turned its news and historical drama series into propaganda to brainwash its audience.

The author of the damning letter told the BBC that the action should at least serve as a health warning to the susceptible public.

The authorities have been alarmed by the latest development. cctv

(China Central Television headquarters)

They tend to accuse the Western media of biased coverage of China.

But this open letter accuses CCTV of systematic bias in its news coverage.

‘Whitewash’

The letter – signed by more than 20 academics and lawyers – lists six broad categories of bias and brainwashing.

It says the state TV monopoly has ignored many stories of social unrest and riots, and whitewashed serious events like the recent milk contamination scandal….

“Persian Xiaozhao: I Signed My Name After a Good Cry!”

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CDT posted this incredible article about a woman blogger who at first out of fear did not sign her name to the Charter 08, but then she went through what she describes below and I think it is like what many people in China feel and I support her and all Chinese people’s freedom of thought, and justice.

We are deprived of the rights that we are supposed to enjoy. Those who hold public power are supposed to change all this, but they are not going to. They are obsessed with torturing some people and intimidating some others and the result is an eerily silent burial ground that used to be a great land.

We just want to discuss the future of this country. We want to live a better life than what we have now. We want to live more freely without having to listen to crap like “demolition in any place will lead to deaths” and “China’s human rights record is five times better then that of the U.S.” We don’t want to witness tragedies year after year and to write elegies for the victims day after day. Charter 08 is our future. We can already see it, but we are not able to touch it yet. I am anxiously and whole-heartedly looking forward to the advent of democracy. But they even deleted such a post of mine and didn’t allow any mention of democracy, human rights and freedom. Those in power are not serving the people but using the police to deal with scholars that are concerned about the country’s future.

Despair from the bottom of the heart is the greatest sorrow. My heart has died numerous times, but this time it’s thoroughly dead. I don’t want to live. I don’t want to live as a walking dead person in this shameless country where the right to speak has been deprived. I don’t want to live. I don’t want to live on this dirty land without dignity and freedom. I don’t want to live. I don’t want to live in the terrifying atmosphere that has been all over me ever since my birth into this world.

I had a busy day on December 15. I came home in the evening and sat in front the computer. I first checked if there were any new signatures and then opened my email account to send a message to 2008xianzhang@gmail.com. It’s that simple, with no extra words. I was calm and in a normal mental state when I signed my name. There was no one coercing or instigating me and I did it completely on my own accord. It’s a true reflection of what I think. It’s my right to express an opinion for or against something with a signature. I am not going to waive that right. My action hasn’t violated any Chinese laws. If this signature is going to bring me any illegal trouble, I’ll calmly face it.

Suit latest pro-democracy move in China / Ex-apparatchik demanding Net provider unblock access to his reform-oriented blog

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Daily Yomiuri via CDT:

Over the past few months, China has seen a rise in dissenting voices protesting against one-party rule and calls for democratic reform and the boycotting of the state TV broadcaster.

The latest dissident to pick a fight with the government is a Beijing company executive who began proceedings Monday to file a lawsuit against an Internet provider that blocked access to his blog.

Wang Zhaojun (汪兆钧), 60, a former standing committee member of the Anhui Province People’s Political and Consultative Conference, posted on his blog an essay calling for political reform.

Wang instigated proceedings on the ground that, by blocking access to the blog, the provider violated the Chinese Constitution, which states that citizens “enjoy freedom of speech.” Wang is demanding that the provider unblock access to the Web site.

This is amazing!  The Chinese people have not made waves like this for a long time.  Thy have been torn up by false ideology and terror in China and they have not had the balls yet to demand constitutional rights (partly due to propaganda effect on the masses)

Writers Call For China Dissident’s Release

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Finally, people take notice.

From Reuters via ChinaDigitalTimes:

An international writers’ organization has called for the release of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, detained after he helped write a pro-democracy manifesto.

Writers including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Chinese novelist Ha Jin and Jung Chang, whose family autobiography “Wild Swans” was followed by a critical biography of Mao Zedong, were among the 300 who signed the call for Liu’s release, writers group International PEN said on Wednesday.

Liu has been in detention since shortly before the December release of Charter 08, which was signed by 300 Chinese dissidents and intellectuals. It called for greater rights for Chinese, direct elections and political and fiscal reforms.

China Websites Cut Obama’s Reference to Communism

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From Reuters via ChinaDigitalTimes

U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech has a little twist in translations available on some Chinese websites where his references to communism and dissent have been cut.

“Recall that earlier generations faced down communism and fascism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions,” Obama said in his 18-minute inauguration address on Tuesday.

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” In the translations available on top Chinese portals Sina, Sohu, the word “communism” is omitted and the paragraph on dissent was gone.