As of May 2015, the number of Chinese people who have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations has exceeded 200 million.
This is an encouraging sign for politicians from the Eastern European countries once under the rule of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU).
Tunne Kelam, member of the European Parliament from the Baltic States Estonia shared in an interview about the positive trend of the Tuidang (Quitting the Chinese Communist Party) movement.
“The departure from the Communist Party is a very important sign to the people in power and certainly important to the general public. Chinese people are looking forward to an open and tolerant society, and this is encouraging for the people living in Europe,” Kelam said.
Mr. Kelam is an Estonian national who fought peacefully under the former Soviet Communist regimes for freedom, independence, and democracy. After Estonia became independent, he served as Vice-President of the National Assembly. In his opinion, it is very important to quit the party and clear the idea of the Communist Party.
“All communist regimes seize power by violence,” he said. “In a centralized society, people are usually intimidated, and no matter what the formal improvement in society, people will remember the repression of the past, so if you want to avoid giving a clear moral justification for the regime and its crimes, then it may return. ”
“That is why it is so important for the Chinese people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. In China, people are making a personal moral decision and do not want to be with the current regime,” he added.
Tuidang, meaning “Quit the Party” in Chinese, has become the largest grassroots movement in history. When the Chinese-language Epoch Times began publishing the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” editorial series in November 2004, Chinese people started to contact the paper, expressing their wish to renounce the Party, and the Tuidang movement was born.
According to Mr. Kelam’s recollections from the Baltic States, people held a civil-democratic initiative that enabled the entire country to transition from communism to democratic systems in a peaceful manner.
“If people start such civic initiatives by themselves, they will provide the most robust and beneficial foundation for change,” he said.
“And if people recognize the need for change, the change will come.”