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The Gang that Runs China
Attack on Hong Kong Epoch Times Office Further Exposes the Chinese Communist Party
Stephen Gregory, Epoch Times Staff on Assignment in Hong Kong

HONG KONG—The more the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) true nature is exposed to the world, the more it reveals itself for what it is.

February has been a busy month for CCP thugs. Before four young men shattered the glass doors of the Hong Kong Epoch Times office and then smashed an expensive print machine with their hammers on Feb. 28, high-profile dissidents were harassed, beaten or went missing.

Chinese AIDs activist Hu Jia "disappeared" around Feb. 15. His abduction seems to be part of a new campaign aimed at silencing those who have supported the relay hunger strike for human rights started by the noted human rights attorney Mr. Gao Zhisheng.

Soon after Mr. Hu was abducted, so too was Yan Zhengxue, a famous artist and a member of the National People's Congress. In 2004 Mr. Yan started a signature campaign calling for an end to the system of forced labor camps—an extensive network of concentration camps used to torture and "reeducate" democratic dissidents, labor activists, Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and others.

Around this time democratic dissident Mr. Qi Zhiyong, who lost one leg from a bullet wound suffered during the Tiananmen Square massacre, was also abducted. So, too were three assistants to Gao Zhisheng.

Mr. Gao Zhisheng himself and all his family members have been constantly monitored and harassed by thugs. On Jan. 17, he survived an assassination attempt, as a car with security bureau plates tried to run him over.

Hu Jia, Yan Zhengxue and Qi Zhiyong have all suffered beatings in the past at the hands of Communist thugs. It is very likely they and all those who have "disappeared" this month have endured more beatings—if they are still alive.

On Feb. 15 Mr. Li Gang was severely beaten in his own home by Communist thugs. He had tried to help local businessmen in Henan City whose property was being confiscated by developers who are in league with CCP officials. When his aged mother-in-law tried to stop the beating, she was punched too.

On Feb. 9, Mr. Peter Li, The Epoch Times chief technical officer, was beaten by four men of Asian descent who had forced their way into his home in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. The thugs took his two laptops, ignoring valuables in the house.

On Feb. 2, Mr. Chen Hua was severely beaten by thugs when he simply tried to visit his uncle, Mr Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist who has exposed several incidents of the forced abortions typical of China's "one-child policy." Mr. Chen has been held under house arrest since September.

Also on Feb. 2, Mr. Wu Xianghu, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Taizhou Evening News, died from injuries from a beating he suffered at the hands of Communist thugs. His paper had published an article exposing the arbitrary ticketing practices of local police.

The CCP as a Gang

This list of beatings, abductions, break-ins, and vandalism is hardly complete. These kinds of incidents go on every day in China—and as Peter Li can attest, outside China as well, if someone dares to challenge the CCP.

High-minded Westerners who talk about "engaging" the CCP simply don't understand the reality of the Chinese Communist regime.

A friend of mine from mainland China told me once of an incident in her village. A young woman's bike was stolen. She went to the town hall to report the bike missing, and was shown into a back room. There sat the police chief having tea with the head of the local mob. She told the police chief of the theft. The police chief turned to his friend the mob boss. "Do you have her bike?" "No." The police chief shrugged, as if to say there was nothing else he could do. He had completed his investigation.

In China one can't distinguish the CCP from the mobsters. In fact, it is a mistake to try to distinguish them. As Gao Zhisheng has said many times, the CCP is a criminal gang. That is what the regime is. One can't "engage" such a regime. Thuggery isn't a mistake or a deviation. It is the very nature of the CCP's rule.

Principle and Fear

The CCP's thugs beat people and smash things because they have no other means left to them. With a legacy of having killed at least 70 million people, of continuing to torture and murder anyone who insists the CCP should honor basic human rights, of massive corruption and environmental destruction, the CCP has no argument it can possibly make on its own behalf.

When principled acts of reason and conscience are opposed to the CCP's rule, the CCP can only respond with more and wilder acts of thuggery. But those acts of thuggery reveal ever more clearly how illegitimate the CCP is.

Gao Zhisheng and Hu Jia and Chen Guangsheng—as well as the Falun Gong practitioners and the House Christians and all of the extraordinary dissidents stepping forward in China today—understand this dynamic. They know they are using their very lives to expose for all to see, the bankruptcy of the CCP.

They understand that beneath the CCP's violence lies fear—the CCP fears the people of China and the world will understand its true nature. Those who do so will join in opposing it.

The dissidents then are counting on those with the courage to tell their story.

I am happy to report that the staff of The Epoch Times here in Hong Kong are resolute. They understand the CCP. They also understand that at this crucial moment all people of conscience need to remain steadfast.

The thugs' hammers smashed a piece of equipment, attempting to silence a press that more than any other has told the Chinese people of hope for the future. But those hammers did not touch the spirit that opposes the CCP. In the future, this wild month of February will be remembered as the violent spasms of the CCP facing its end.

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