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Purged China academic challenges ruling Communists

Purged China academic challenges ruling Communists

A Chinese academic purged after he called for democratic elections in a bold open letter to PRC President Hu Jintao has raised the political ante by challenging a decades-old ban on new political parties.
Guo Quan, 39, threw down the gauntlet to the Communist Party by declaring that he was acting chairman of the underground New People's Party, claiming 10 million members at home and abroad. The Communists have monopolised politics since the 1949 revolution and jailed founders of new parties in the past.
Last month Guo posted open letters to Hu and parliament chief Wu Bangguo on his Web log, calling for multiparty elections and depoliticisation of the People's Liberation Army. Cyber cops have since shut down the blog.
"One-party rule is no good. Multiparty elections are good," the university assistant professor told Reuters from Nanjing, in wealthy eastern China, when asked why he had written the letters.
Guo's employer, Nanjing Normal University, demoted him on December 7, shunting him to the school's archives for violating China's Constitution. This stipulates that the world's most populous nation should be ruled "under the leadership of the Communist Party."
The China Democratic League, one of the country's eight parties funded by and loyal to the Communist Party, expelled Guo this month for flouting the charter, an official and Guo himself said. Guo joined the League in 2001.
Guo, an expert on classical Chinese literature and the 1937 Nanjing massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops, was recently detained by police for 12 hours and his home searched, his wife Li Jing said by telephone.


Updated : 2021-06-19 12:26 GMT+08:00