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Over the past few years a movement has been sweeping across China - the movement to withdraw from the Communist Party. To mark the number of withdrawals reaching 86 million, the UK branch of the Service Center for Quitting the Communist Party held a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in London. Our correspondent Ben Hedges went there to find out more...
[Richard Hollis, Volunteer]:
"Over 86 million brave Chinese people have quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. They have chosen a bright, beautiful future for themselves."
In China since 2004, tens of millions of people have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party—or CCP—and from organizations affiliated with it. It's part of a grassroots movement sparked by a series of articles in The Epoch Times called "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party."
As the number of withdrawals passes 86 million—the UK branch of the Service Center for Quitting the CCP is holding a rally and parade starting outside the Chinese Embassy in London.
This movement has been supported by various groups that have suffered persecution at the hands of the CCP. Those groups include Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, a spiritual practice whose adherents are being arrested, tortured and killed by the Chinese regime.
Many British people have come out to show their support.
[Anthony Archer, Volunteer]:
"We're all looking forward to an end of the Chinese Communist Party's dominance and the persecution in particular of Falun Gong and of other minority groups in China."
The parade is supported by a band with a special connection to the movement.
The number of withdrawals increased from 50 million at the beginning of 2009 to 86 million now two years later, and the trend may be set to continue.
Ben Hedges, NTD News, London.