Posted 56 days ago
As the international community increasingly turns away from the Chinese Communist Party, Twitter’s former CEO Jack Dorsey appears to be joining the trend.
“End the CCP,” he wrote Aug. 6 on the platform he co-founded.
The three-word message, earning over 2,200 shares and 12,400 likes in three hours’ time, came in response to a video in June highlighting the toll of China’s “zero-COVID” policies.
Its timing also coincides with growing momentum for a grassroots movement calling for people to cut ties with the regime.
As of Aug. 3, more than 400 million Chinese people in mainland China and overseas have joined the movement, renouncing their membership with the CCP or its affiliated organizations, according to data compiled by the New York-based Global Tuidang Center. Many of them had used aliases in doing so to protect themselves from the regime’s reprisal.
A petition that the Tuidang center organized rallying support to “end CCP” has garnered over 2.5 million signatures.
Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 has led authorities to lock down entire cities over a single positive case. Such moves have restricted people’s movement and given rise to starvation and death from lack of medical care in a modern city such as Shanghai.
In late July, major technology hub Shenzhen ordered manufacturers, including Apple suppliers, into a week-long “closed loop” production, barring workers from leaving the factories. In central Henan Province, a city of 1.6 million went under lockdown after one local was diagnosed with COVID-19. Public transportation halted, and all shops, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals, were told to close.... (Read more)