The fire in the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang ignited protests across China. In just 3 days, at least 50 colleges and universities across the country responded to the “white paper revolution.” According to preliminary statistics, 18 provinces and cities have participated. Various protests continued until the evening of November 27. So far it has been attended by workers, grassroots Party members, students, and ordinary citizens.
World-renowned media outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Financial Times, BBC, and The Times, all have front page coverage of the current protest movement in China.
The German newspaper FAZ reported that this wave of protests was different from previous ones: In the past, protests in China were almost exclusively limited to local issues, such as the environment, banks scandals, or salaries, but this time, the anger of the people was directed at the CCP.
This time, the Chinese showed a rare solidarity.
For example, Twitter user “Teacher Li is not your teacher” said, On Urumqi Street in Shanghai, when the police came to arrest people, everyone gathered around. The police asked who organized the protest. Everyone at the scene answered in unison, “I organized it, the Chinese organized it.”
In addition, on November 27, a plainclothed police officer in Shanghai mixed with protesters to arrest people, and was quickly discovered by Chinese netizens. Netizens revealed that his name is Yao Yuan, a police officer from Jing’an District and his serial number is 027977.
Wang Dan, leader of the Student Movement of June 4, 1989, posted on Facebook on November 27 that protests are happening in different cities and they all agreed to make political demands. Nationwide civil revolts in China have indeed occurred. If the regime adopts a policy of being soft and making some concessions, the situation may calm down for a while, but if it adopts a policy of violent repression, even shooting, then major world-changing events will happen.
Wang wrote: “I said before that June 4 only happens once. If the CCP dares to mobilize the army to open fire again, it will definitely be overthrown. As long as Xi Jinping mobilizes the military, the collapse of the CCP, which we think is far away, will happen soon. Maybe the whole world is not ready yet. But the collapse of the former Soviet Communist Party also happened in one night beyond the expectations of the whole world.”
According to Sound of Hope, the CCP has never given in to mass movements. On the evening of November 27, a large number of police and anti-riot police showed up in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and other places and arrested some people.
In a police station in Shanghai, there was a very painful scream from a female student. Those gathered outside the police station were immediately agitated and demanded they release people.
Some netizens filmed a large number of white anti-riot vehicles with the letters AU parked on the streets of Shanghai.
Another video shows tens of thousands of people gathered in Wuhan. It sounded like the police had opened fire, causing people to panic and flee the scene.
The CCP’s Xinhua News published the Xinhua Commentary in the early hours of November 28, and the headline stated the stance, “Three Perseverance” is the magic weapon for victory.
The article recalled the important speech in the first meeting after the 20th National Congress: Implement the “zero-COVID” policy without wavering. The article also stated, “Practice has proven that our prevention and control policies can stand the test of history, and that our prevention and control measures are scientific and effective” and “persistence is victory.”
Many speculate that if the protest movement continues, the CCP may use the military. However, according to “Memoirs of Daiqing,” in 1989, when Deng Xiaoping (Former President of China) tried to send the army to suppress the Tiananmen protest, he was met with strong opposition, including Xu Qinxian, the trump card commander, resisted the order. And most of the Standing Committee members refused to obey when Deng expressed his views at the meeting. According to Sound of Hope, Xi’s prestige in the Chinese military may not be as high as that of Deng Xiaoping. In addition, there are political enemies in the Party stalking him. Some people think that if Xi uses the military, China may break out in a civil war.
Hong Kong writer and news commentator Feng Yuqian said on Facebook that Shanghai could re-enact Hong Kong in 2019. But another key point different from Hong Kong is that if the CCP suppresses the protesters in Shanghai, their internal propaganda would surely be completely invalidated. Because “three years ago, Hong Kongers did not have a common painful connection with their Chinese ‘compatriots’, but Shanghainese today do.”
Feng also issued a warning. He said that Taiwan’s 9-in-1 recent election victory will convince Xi that infiltrating Taiwan is useful, and that it is possible to unify Taiwan peacefully. This has somewhat reduced the possibility of a war, but Shanghai’s economic downturn has immediately made the situation tense. If Xi does not stabilize China, his power will be severely challenged because of the “zero-COVID” policy. He can speed up his attack on Taiwan at all costs and use the Taiwan Strait War to eliminate the internal forces. Whether or not the people of Shanghai can persevere and how the CCP responds will certainly affect the fate of Taiwan and even the world.