The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun a massive crackdown on civil society organizations, with 22 departments jointly issuing a circular recently designating civil charities, public welfare groups, Christianity, Buddhism, and other religious groups as illegal organizations, claiming that they will be eradicated on all fronts.
On March 22, 22 departments, including the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Organization Department, and the Ministry of Public Security, jointly issued a circular to eradicate so-called illegal social organizations.
It claims to further increase the efforts to combat and rectify the so-called illegal social organizations, eradicate the breeding ground of illegal social organizations on all fronts, and purify the ecological space of social organizations.
The notice starts with requirements for enterprises, institutions and social organizations not to be associated with the so-called illegal social organizations, carry out activities with them or facilitate their activities, etc.; and requires party members and cadres not to participate in all activities carried out by these social organizations, not to stand for them, endorsement, etc.
The notice also imposes corresponding requirements on the news media, the operation and management units of all kinds of transportation and public places, as well as neighborhood committees, Internet enterprises and financial institutions.
Dong Guangping, a mainland democracy activist: “The CCP’s crackdown on so-called illegal organizations is also part of their anti-subversion strategy. The Chinese Communist Party has always been very fearful, and this has always been its tradition. Since it came to power in 1949, it has cracked down on all kinds of so-called illegal organizations. But if you want to apply to formally establish an organization, it simply cannot, simply will not let you establish it.”
Dong Guangping, a mainland democracy publicist, pointed out that there are no legal civil organizations in China. All organizations must apply under the government’s banner, and the ones that can be established are official.
Dong Guangping said that the CCP only allows it to say what it does, not allowing the people to say, let alone oppose it. Everything the CCP does revolves around whether or not their ruling group can stay in power and serve the interests of their group.
Former Dalian Public Security Officer Liu Xiaobin: “Because the CCP is an anti-human cult regime, it has no legitimacy to govern. Therefore, from its inception until now, it is accompanied by a serious sense of crisis: what the death of the party and the country, what forgetfulness will not die, what stability overrides everything, etc., it all reflects this sense of crisis.”
Liu Xiaobin, a former Dalian public security officer, said that the CCP’s strict and loose control of society is adjusted according to needs, even according to perceived needs. If it thinks that society is stable, it will loosen its control over society; if it thinks that society is dangerous, it will tighten its control over all aspects of society.
On March 25, the Sichuan Provincial Civil Affairs Department published a list of 84 illegal social organizations, which contain alumni associations, war veterans associations, etc., but also a number of private charities, public welfare groups, and even Christian and Buddhist groups.
Liu Xiaobin believes that domestic civil organizations are very cooperative with the government and never dare to say no to the government. Even so, it is not at ease, which reflects the CCP’s doomsday mentality.
Dong Guangping: “The CCP’s slogan is that there is power in organizing, and it is afraid of Chinese people organizing. It knows that China has the traditional habit of gangs, the traditional habit of civil organizations, because China used to rely on civil self-government organizations to maintain the social order at the grassroots level.”
Dong Guangping, a mainland democratic public figure, said: China for thousands of years all rely on the civil grassroots organizations autonomy, effective jurisdiction over society, this is the Chinese tradition. But as soon as people believe in civil organizations, the CCP is very afraid.
The Chinese Communist Party’s massive crackdown on civil society organizations has also sparked debate among netizens.
Some people commented that the biggest illegal organization in China should be the CCP because it is not recognized by the people and not legally registered, and is a bandit out of Jinggang Mountain.
Others said that this is another political movement and there is no telling how many people will suffer.