As the international community increasingly turns its back on the Chinese Communist Party, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears to be joining the tide.
“End the CCP,” he wrote on the platform he co-founded on Aug. 6.
The three-word message, which garnered more than 2,200 shares and 12,400 likes in three hours, came in response to a video in June highlighting victims of China’s “Zero COVID” policy.
The timing also coincides with a growing grassroots movement calling on people to cut ties with the regime.
end the Chinese Communist Party https://t.co/tFuxHOGXxX
— Jack (@jack) August 6, 2022
As of Aug. 3, more than 400 million Chinese in mainland China and abroad had joined the movement and renounced membership in the CCP or its affiliated organizations, according to data compiled by the New York-based Global Sidang Center. doing. Many of them used pseudonyms to protect themselves from government retaliation.
a petition An advocacy rally organized by the Tuidan Center to ‘End the CCP’ attracted over 2.5 million signatures.
Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 has led authorities to lock down the entire city after one positive case. Such moves have restricted the movement of people and caused deaths from starvation and lack of medical care in modern cities like Shanghai.
In late July, major tech hub Shenzhen ordered manufacturers, including Apple’s suppliers, to go into “closed-loop” production for a week, barring workers from leaving their factories. In central Henan, a city of 1.6 million people was put on lockdown after one local resident was diagnosed with her COVID-19. Public transport has been suspended and all shops except grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals have been ordered closed.
The “Leave the Party” movement, known in Chinese as “following the party,” was inspired by the editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” first published in the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times in 2004.
In Taiwan, a man from Shandong Province, who appears to be between 20 and 30 years old, recently told volunteers at the Tuidang Center that life after the lockdown helped him quit the party branch from being an ultranationalist.
After testing positive for the virus, he was locked up in his apartment, unable to go out to eat or work, and lost his job as a result, according to local coordinator Tokuo Shirao.
Many residents of Shanghai recently shared a statement with The Epoch Times explaining why they chose to withdraw from the party.
“During the Shanghai outbreak, there was nothing to fill the stomach, but what CCTV showed was always enough supplies and happy people,” referring to China’s state broadcaster. Written by three Shanghai locals. “‘Shame’ is not in the Chinese Communist Party’s dictionary.”