In the run-up to the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to be held in Beijing on October 16, violence against citizens has been supported by the new Penal Code. The new law allows the impunity of the uniformed, the elimination of habeas corpus, expulsion from workplaces and schools, and the entry of China into a new era of red terror.
In June, a law came into force that obliged educational centers to hire police officers as vice chairmen. This measure cleared all doubts about totalitarian rule in China and gave shape to the new Maoist code.
In a comment translated from Chinese Feng Chongyi, a professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia said, “Over the years, those who study history have felt very sad. In the 1940s, during the constitutional movement in China, police and Party headquarters were pulled from campuses.” He added, “At that time, it was regarded as a civilized standard, which was educational independence and academic freedom. Now, they are bringing back the Mao era, politicizing everything and establishing a full-scale police state, which is very scary.”
Another comment close to Chongyi’s came from Beijing law professor Dr. Zhang, who argued that the police are put on campuses to control the people. And in this sense he assured: This is not only shameless, but it is also an excuse for the Chinese Communist Party to control all aspects of police violence in all sectors of society.” He added, “Instead of fundamentally redirecting and guiding people’s hearts and minds in the right way, as in developed countries like Europe, America and Japan, children are taught the values of equality, friendliness and love from kindergarten onward. The result of violence is inevitably to counter violence with violence, and inevitably to induce more violence.”
Dr. Zhang believes that the root cause of such deep hostility in China is the Chinese Communist Party.
The CCP always played the trump card of a “normal” country through economic reforms
At the beginning of the economic boom promoted by Den Xiaoping, and until the mid-1990s, the Chinese security apparatus had five essential components by 1995. The Public Security Police, the State Security Police, the Prison Police, the Judicial Police in the People’s Procuratorates, and the Judicial Police in the courts.
According to CCP records, the greatest danger facing society was the drug mafias, which had apparently succeeded in dismantling through violence every vestige of the opposition introduced by the popular rebellion in Tiananmen Square.
The statistics from that time speak of the confrontation of common crimes—1.69 million criminal cases, 2.96 million misdemeanors, and 1.35 million criminal cases cleared up. The communist regime did not fear for its political stability, but today this is not the case.
The CCP does not hide its fear of the political fragmentation that threatens the stability of its citizens
In the maelstrom of the first half of the 21st century, the CCP is already facing a civil society rebellion in Hong Kong, for example. The anti-extradition movement has stabilized the pro-democracy struggle in the city, and sealed the end of the “one country two systems” policy. Another headache has been the thrashing of the Kuomintang during the 2021 referendum in Taiwan, and the rise of President Tsai Ing-Wen, which has sealed the independence of the island.
Therefore, the CCP is forced to stabilize the system through a New Criminal Code, which establishes in its Article 16, the violation of freedom of movement and in its Article 18, Paragraph 2, the violation of freedom of expression. And then in Article 22, the right to due process and the presumption of innocence went out the window. Article 28, eliminates the right to habeas corpus and Article 36, allows extrajudicial killings, while the new law, in Article 67, grants absolute impunity to members of the repressive corps.
However, the grand prize goes to Article 9 of this totalitarian police code, grants absolute power of the military institution, being able to detain and interrogate on the spot, citizens who appear to be suspicious, or who manifest anti-communist behavior in the street.
This new penal code will also allow the secret police to act constantly under the power granted by Paragraph 1, Article 277, which stipulates that police agencies of the State Security will be able to enforce the law, even in civilian clothes and at any time, under the guiding principle that “every citizen is a suspect.”
The new police state will reward whistleblowers and opportunists who denounce their fellow citizens and it will favor the institutions under the principle of “state secrecy.” It will function as an insurance policy against the systematic violation of human rights that the CCP maintains, and it is a safe tool in the hands of corrupt officials, because it gives strength to envy in a society that enthroned people of base instincts. However, what will the pro-democratic civil society in China do, what will the citizens awakening from the communist illusion do?