This article was published on July 4, 2015
On June 29, 2015, 1000 Chinese workers renounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at a state-owned dyeing and weaving factory in Xiangtan City, Hunan Province.
Several confrontations between the workers and local police occurred at the factory, reported Weiquan Net. The factory workers protested for pensions, but met with the brutality of the riot-police, and their grievances were never addressed.
Betrayed, they openly declared their withdrawals from the CCP. Some of them were CCP members for several decades. The factory had a staff of 1003, from which 1000 renounced the CCP, according to Lincai Zhang, a factory representative.
“The momentum of Tuidang is growing in china”, said David Tompkins, Director of Public Relations for the global Tuidang center in New York. Tuidang literally means, “to quit the CCP” in Mandarin Chinese.
It was no surprise for Tompkins that as of July 2, 2015, the Tuidang Center did not have a registered 1000 resignations from the factory in Xiantan City. Many who want to renounce the CCP cannot submit their Tuidang statements to the Tuidang servers in the U.S. due to China’s Internet Firewall.
“Even though these people are not added to the count in our database, we consider their renunciations valid,” Tompkins said.
“Tuidang is one of the most sensitive issues in China, and one of the most heavily censored,“ he added.
In China, to publicly withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations is a life-threatening feat. Many people will write their Tuidang statements on a piece of paper and post it in public, or write on paper money and spend it.
“These are all valid,” said Tompkins. “The purpose of renouncing the CCP is to renounce the oath Chinese people have given to the CCP: to give their blood for the CCP, to never betray the CCP, and so on. Renouncing that oath gives Chinese people the ability to begin to think critically of the CCP. This is the beginning of freedom for them.”