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How Are the One Million Withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party Counted?
The Epoch Times
Since the Tuidang website was first established and with the rapid spread of the "Nine Commentaries," the number of people who have declared their withdrawal has gradually increased. Last December, over 6,000 people withdrew, while the number of withdrawals increased to 70,000 the following month, and reached 140,000 in the third month. In the fourth month, it climbed to 500,000. In April 2005, the fifth month after the "Nine Commentaries" was published, the total number of withdrawals has exceeded one million.
There are several methods to declare the withdrawal from the CCP and its related organizations. Firstly, people both in China and overseas who have an Internet connection can directly access the withdrawal webpage to publish their resignation statements. Secondly, people can send emails to the Webmaster of the withdrawal webpage to declare their resignation, and the webmaster will then publish their statements for them. Besides these methods, as the number of people who would like to withdraw has become significant, withdrawal service centers have been set up in many cities worldwide. People can call or fax to their local service centers, or just visit a service center to express their withdrawal. Staff at the service centers will then arrange to publish their declarations electronically.
Due to well-known reasons, a lot of people publish their statements under an alias, being either in China or overseas, whereas there are also numerous people who declared their withdrawals using their true names.
Famous people who have withdrawn from the CCP include: Huang Xiaomin, the former world champion in swimming representing China and currently the coach of the Korean National Swim Team; Guan Guimin, a famous singer from China; Ye Hao, former senior official of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security; Ma Xiaoming, a dissident and former journalist of the Shaanxi TV Station; Liu Feiyue, a dissident from Hubei province; Wang Fengshan, a dissident from Gansu province; Hu Jia, a Beijing activist in AIDS prevention and treatment, Li Guotao, a dissident from Shanghai, Shen Liangqing, a dissident from Anhui province; Xu Wanping, a dissident from Chongqing city, and others.
To break through the CCP’s Internet blockage, several tools such as proxy servers or special software are needed for those who would like to access the withdrawal webpage from within China. The breakdown of the records of withdrawals in March that were published on the Dongtai website (http://www.dongtaiwang.com), which provides one of the tools to break through the internet blockage, are shown below as an example:
Number of requests to withdrawal from the CCP sent to the Dongtai website worldwide in March 2005 is 65,356. Among these, the requests from China can be broken down as follows:
Location........Number.......Percentage of Total
The statistics below were collected within a particular time-period:
Some withdrawal requests were made by several people together, with no indication of who was withdrawing from which CCP related organization. Such requests were all counted into the “no specification” category. In addition, a person’s request to withdrawal from more than one organization, e.g. the CCP, the CYL and the CYP, is counted as only one request.
Taking the example of the above timeframe, among the withdrawal requests with a clear indication of which organization to withdraw from, 29.27 percent was to withdraw from the CCP, 26.83 percent was to withdraw from the CYL, and 43.9 percent was to withdraw from the CYP.
Looking at this breakdown, among the over one million withdrawals, approximately 300,000 CCP members declared to withdraw from the CCP, 260,000 declared to withdraw from the CYL, and 440,000 declared to withdraw from the CYP.
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