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A group of retired Communist Party officials from Yunnan Province published again an open letter to Chinese leaders. They are urging the Central regime to (quote) “support Hu Jintao, punish Bo Xilai,” and “remove Zhou Yongkang.”
Sixteen retired Chinese Communist Party (or CCP) members from Zhaotong in Yunnan Province have written a letter to Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
The group—mostly in their late 70s and 80s—are urging the Chinese leaders to dismiss Zhou Yongkang from the Standing Committee. They also requested for Liu Yunshan, head of the CCP Propaganda Department, to be removed.
The letter—published again online on May 20th—states (quote) “Zhou is the same as Bo Xilai—both are liars.”
The author of the open letter titled, “Support Hu Jintao, Punish Bo Xilai, Remove Zhou Yongkang,” was Zhao Zhengrong.
The letter stated Zhou and Bo used the “Singing Red Songs, Fighting Corruption” campaign to destroy judicial independence. This caused many incorrectly judged cases—triggering fear in the entire society.
Zhou is a member of the nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo. He’s also the head of China’s Political and Legislative Affairs Committee or PLAC—an agency that controls the courts and the police.
Some China experts said it’s rare for party members to call for the dismissal of powerful high-ranking CCP officials.
[Hu Jun, Human Rights Campaign in China Director]:
“From the Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng events, people came to know the Political and Legislative Committee. They came to know persecution that happened in China, such as the June 4th incident and especially the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.”
He said Zhou tried to extend his influence over Hu and Wen.
Hu Jun urged the two leaders to listen to Chinese people, allowing them to speak freely.