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China’s CCP shows its fear ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre


Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (R) speaks to journalists outside a courthouse in Chongqing municipality, December 28, 2012

Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (R) speaks to journalists outside a courthouse in Chongqing municipality, December 28, 2012

At the beginning of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” I cite the Chinese saying “Once bitten by a snake, one is scared all one’s life at the mere sight of a snake,” to describe the pervasive fear of collapse in the party, and call the fear CCP’s Tiananmen syndrome.

In the book, there is also the passage “Persuading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to give up its monopoly of state power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you its skin. It is utterly impossible.

“Due to its monopoly of power, the CCP is a huge group of vested interests, including not only its 85 million members but also the non-CCP members who rely on the CCP for their employment, income, benefits and even assets, such as public servants, soldiers, employees of state-owned enterprises and others. The number of those people, including their family members and close relatives, may well exceed one fourth of the Chinese population.”

Therefore, maintaining such a monopoly is Xi Jinping’s first priority, no matter what he has done, is doing or will do to benefit common people in China. Knowing that, one should not be surprised by Xi’s detention of activists before the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

The following is the full text of Reuters report on detention of activists:

China detains five activists before 25th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown

China on Tuesday detained five rights activists, three lawyers and a rights group said, after they attended a weekend meeting that called for a probe into the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Among those held was Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent free-speech lawyer, who has represented many dissidents, including artist Ai Weiwei and an activist of the “New Citizens’ Movement”, a group that urges Chinese leaders to disclose their assets. He was detained on a charge of “causing a disturbance”, two lawyers said.

He has also opposed the system of forced labor camps, which the government has abolished, and featured prominently in state media for that campaign – unusual for a government critic.

Also detained were dissident Liu Di and Xu Youyu, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think-tank, rights lawyer Shang Baojun said, citing conversations he had with family members of Liu and Xu.

Shang said he did not know what charge Liu and Xu would face as the families have not received their detention notices.

Dissident Hu Shigen and Hao Jian, who teaches at the Beijing Film Academy, were also detained, according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a China-based rights advocacy group.

The detentions raised the stakes in a crackdown on dissent and underscored the sensitivity of Chinese leaders to criticism ahead of the 25th anniversary of the crushing of demonstrations around Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989.

“Pu is very influential and has a following in the mainstream audience,” said Maya Wang of the New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

“The detention, as in previous years’ house arrest, is meant to, first, put him out of action during this period, but more importantly, it might be a message to deter any others from commemorating the massacre during this important anniversary.”

The weekend meeting marked the 1989 crackdown and sought to “explore its implications and consequences and call for an investigation into the truth of June 4”, said activist Hua Ze.

In Pu’s detention notice, Beijing police said they had “criminally detained” him on a charge of “causing a disturbance” and were holding him at the Beijing No.1 Detention Centre.

Pu’s colleague Xia Lin, and a human rights lawyer, Zhang Sizhi, confirmed the detention, citing a member of Pu’s family. Zhang said he could be representing Pu.

State security officers had searched Pu’s office and home before his disappearance, said rights lawyer Zhang Qingfang.

Beijing police and detention centre officials declined to comment. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing she was “not familiar with the situation”.

INTERNET CONDEMNATIONS OF DETENTIONS

On Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the detentions were condemned by hundreds of supporters, which government censors did not appear to be removing immediately.

“This is another heavy slap to anyone who harbors any illusions of the so-called ‘new Xi-Li governance’,” one microblogger wrote, referring to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, in office since last year.

“As long as you express dissatisfaction with the government’s actions, it can be packaged as ‘causing a disturbance’,” wrote another.

Causing a disturbance appears to be “a catch-all charge increasingly used to suppress dissent during ‘sensitive’ events,” said William Nee of rights group Amnesty International.

For the ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remain taboo, particularly on their 25th anniversary.

The anniversary of the date on which troops shot their way into central Beijing in 1989 has never been publicly marked in mainland China, though every year there are commemorations in Hong Kong.

The government has never released a death toll for the crackdown, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

Xi’s administration has intensified pressure on dissent, detaining and jailing activists, clamping down on Internet critics and tightening curbs on journalists in what rights groups call the worst suppression of free expression in recent years.

Pu, who participated in the 1989 pro-democracy movement, had vowed to return to Tiananmen Square every anniversary.

“For me these visits have also aroused guilt feelings,” he wrote in a 2006 essay for the New York Review of Books.

“The government’s pressures to forget June Fourth have caused the day slowly to erode in public memory: each year the Tiananmen Mothers seem more isolated, and the massacre seems more a topic to be avoided in daily conversation.

“Our Tiananmen generation is now in middle age; we are in positions where we can make a difference. Do we not want to?”

Source: Chan Kai Yee “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition”
 
Source: Reuters “China detains five activists before 25th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown”
 
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About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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9 thoughts on “China’s CCP shows its fear ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

  1. Reblogged this on middlekingdom1of10boyz and commented:
    These are the articles that remind me that I should be scared when I talk politics in this country. While I don’t have a following that could cause a “public disturbance” I certainly have been vocal about things that are “not right” in my opinion. Living here is often no big deal but I think the anniversary makes that a little more challenging for the next month or two.

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    Posted by 1of10boyz | May 8, 2014, 12:33 pm

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