This article was published first on December 17, 2015
Epoch Times (originally published in Chinese)
MARYLAND—Eleven years ago, the Epoch Times newspaper published the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”, this initiated the unprecedented Tuidang movement in China. David Tompkins, Director of Public Relations for the Tuidang Center, said at a forum held on November 28th, that the Tuidang movement launched 11 years ago is to rescue Chinese people.
The subject of the forum was “Radical Changes in China and the Crisis of the CCP: 11th Anniversary of the Publishing of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”. It was held on a Saturday afternoon in Maryland at the Montgomery County Council Hall.
The Nine Commentaries Resonates with People Who Have Lived Under Communism
David Tompkins said, when he introduced the Nine Commentaries, Westerners and Chinese people usually responded in totally different ways, and that reflected the distinction of the understanding of the CCP between Westerners and Chinese.
One of his Western friends felt the description in the Nine Commentaries was eccentric. Nevertheless, many people from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and other previous Communist countries said the book exactly matched their own life experience under Communism. And for those who grew up in Communist China, the book truly resonates with them.
Just two weeks after the Epoch Times published the Nine Commentaries, the newspaper began to receive letters from people stating that they quit the Chinese Communist Party.
According to Tompkins, in mainland China, there have been many people who have not been able to submit their statements at the Tuidang database outside of China; instead, they have written a statement on a piece of paper and posted it publicly on a wall.
The Tuidang Movement Brings People Together
Tompkins said that up to now the number of people who had withdrawn from the Communist Party had exceeded 220 million. He commented that Chinese children were brainwashed and forced to join the Young Pioneers. Brainwashing was achieved through a cycle of violence and terror, through controlling information, as well as the use of propaganda. The Tuidang Movement has asked people to renounce the oaths they have given to the CCP, therefore it has allowed people to overcome the fear the CCP has used to control them. Tompkins said, it was the start of the freedom for Chinese people. It changes China by changing people’s hearts.
“It is something really extraordinary, that people having different thoughts could all come together. In today’s China, people don’t trust each other. They fight against each other,” said Tompkins. “It is the Tuidang movement that is bringing people together. Chinese people’s conscience and their sense of morality needs to be restored.”
The Objective of the Tuidang Movement Is to Rescue Chinese People
Tompkins said, 220 million people had renounced the CCP and its affiliated organizations. However, it is not a political movement. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people who have participated. Instead, it is a movement to restores Chinese people’s conscience and their sense of morality. It lays a foundation for new China—a China without the CCP. He said, in general, the fundamental goal of this movement was to “rescue Chinese people”.