Petitioners Protest Creatively On China's "National Shame Day"
October 1st is named "National Day" by the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP).
However, the 64th anniversary of Communist China has been
given a new name from Chinese people; National Shame Day.
During the "National Day" holidays, petitioners from all over
China protested against the party using innovative means.
The "birthday presents" they gave to the party include flyers,
banners, slogans, clothing with written complaints, and elegiac
couplets, mourning posts, coffin portraits and cremation urns.
The "blessing words" to the party are also not "Happy Birthday"
but "Overturn the Communist regime".
The "National Day" holidays this year have made Beijing
an unusually bustling city.
Petitioners from all over China have en mass continuously
visited places such as Tiananmen Square and Zhongnanhai.
They voiced grievances or made protests.
Compared to previous years, there are great changes in many
aspects of those activities, such as the number, locations,
means of expression and petitioners' mindsets.
Huang Qi, founder of human rights website 64Tianwang.com:
"The most prominent change is that the number of petitioners
going to'sensitive areas' has significantly increased compared
to last year.
Many people have been driven to desperation
and have to make more risky moves."
Qing Yongmin, human rights activist in Wuhan:"Petitioners
who have struggled for a long time are becoming stronger in
mind, and less afraid of suppression.
Therefore we have seen never-before large-scale protests
at Tiananmen Square or the Xinhua Gate of Zhongnanhai.
Protests were also performed in very eye-catching but less
They included scattering flyers, throwing firecrackers
and shouting slogans."
It was reported that, since October 1st, the "explosion
sounds" have never stopped at Tiananmen Square.
Some petitioners even set off firework-like firecrackers,
which frightened police and made them very nervous.
At noon of October 3rd, a Shandong petitioner Li Yu set off
firecrackers with her 4-month baby at Tiananmen Square.
Li Yu was then beaten by police in public, and was detained
with her baby for more than ten hours.
Her experience has drawn a lot of public attention.
Li Yu, petitioner from Zaozhuang, Shandong: "All the police
came to me and pressed me on the ground by my head.
Later I was handcuffed and forced into their police car.
My child was beside me when this happened.
I kept crying ＇My child!＇ because I was afraid of losing baby."
After being intercepted, beaten and detained many times,
veteran petitioners have lost their last illusionary hope of
the CCP regime.
They are changing their petitioning targets from government
agencies to ordinary Chinese people and foreign media.
Petitioning locations have also changed from offices to
sensitive public areas with large crowds such as Tiananmen
Square and Zhongnanhai.
Li Yu:"I use firecrackers because they won't injure the public.
I don't want to injure innocent people. Another reason
is that there are many tourists making video-recordings.
There are large crowds and it is easy to draw attention and
create pressure on local governments. That is my primary goal."
Besides firecrackers, "flying" flyers also become a featured
sight at Tiananmen Square.
Witnesses reported that, only between 4pm and 5:30pm of
October 1st, there were four waves of petitioners from
Heilongjiang or Shanghai scattering flyers at Tiananmen.
Some petitioners even did the scattering work from buses
passing the square, which was too difficult to guard.
This left both uniformed and plainclothes police in a flurry.
Petitioners also expressed their grievances against the CCP
in the following "creative" ways:
Road-blocking, singing and dancing, diving from Jinshui Bridge,
streaking and holding cremation urns.
To avoid being captured in large groups easily, this year
petitioners no longer gathered together at a single place.
Instead, they acted separately and played a "bush
fighting game" with the CCP.
Huang Qi:"Talking about fighting against the authority,
Chinese people are feeling less fearful to do this.
They are appealing more aggressively than ever. Currently
they have created many different ways to do that."
The CCP's suppression has forced more ordinary Chinese
people to join the group of petitioners.
In the meantime, petitioners that only knew to be resigned
to anything are also quickly growing up in their minds and acts.
Li Yu:"I think now the situation has already been like that
the government is acting so badly that they are simply
forcing civilians to resist it.
There is no other choice.
Ordinary people have no choice but to resist.“
In conclusion, more Chinese civilians now wish that "National
Shame Day" of October 1st will become the CCP's "Downfall
Day" under resistance from the entire Chinese people.