Chinese Communist Party Forcing Youngsters To Join Its Youth Organizations during the Epidemic

( While the schools in China remained closed due to the Wuhan virus in early March 2020, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide campaign to force youngsters to join its affiliated organizations (the Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League) via “DingTalk,” the largest mobile app Chinese students are using to study at home. It was developed by the Alibaba Group in China, and has more than 100 million users.

In addition to being forced to join the CCP’s Youth League, elementary school students are also required to attend weekly political classes, watch the CCP’s flag-raising ceremonies, take and upload photos of them saluting the red flag, and write weekly thought reports.

Middle school students are required to “study” the CCP’s glorious history, watch its brainwashing news every day, and then take exams. All of their answers and browsing history is recorded by the backend server. Some schools use such data to assess qualifications for “honor students.”

Coercive Measures

This is how the CCP forces youngsters to join its organizations:

First, parents are required to choose to have their child join either the Young Pioneers or the Communist Youth League. They have to fill in their child’s details, including name, ID number, ethnicity, cell phone number, etc.

A screenshot of the submission must be sent to the student’s head teacher. If that doesn’t happen, the teacher keeps reminding the parents, telling them the screenshot is “mandatory.”

Some teachers revealed that orders to do this came from the school district and education bureau, which were passing the orders down from higher-ranking CCP officials.

“My Kids Don’t Want to Participate”

Many teachers and parents alike were disgusted by what they were being forced to do.

A parent in Jingjin County, Hebei Province, complained, “It says in the first paragraph, ‘If you are willing to participate.’ My kids don’t want to participate. I’ll stop using the software on the phone.”

But the technical support staff from “DingTalk” told the parent that if their kids didn’t join, they would be deemed anti-China and anti-Party, which would mean that the students could be deprived of opportunities to attend college, join the military, find jobs, or even get married.

The parent argued, “It has nothing to do with being ‘anti-China’ or ‘anti-Party.’ It’s only a matter of whether we use the software or not. If they force parents to urge their kids to join (the CCP organizations), that will make the parents really resentful,” the parent said.

“This is my job,” replied the technical support staff.

“I Don’t Want My Students to Join, Either”

After being forced to join the CCP, a primary school pupil issued a declaration that she was quitting. It said: “After I started studying online, my head teacher forced me to join the Young Pioneers on my mobile phone. My mom helped me fill out the details, including my name, phone number, ID, etc. I never wanted to join the Young Pioneers, and I want to declare that I’m quitting the organization now. Signed: Xiaole.”

A primary school teacher (“Qiu”) from the same county said, “The principal has repeatedly urged us to make sure that every student in our class has joined the Young Pioneers so that we can complete the ‘Home Project.’ It’s the same for the whole school district. It’s an order from the Education Bureau.”

Teacher Qiu said they had reported complaints to their superiors, but nothing was done to address the issue.

“The head teachers in our school are under orders to require parents to register their children to join the Young Pioneers.”

“Parents and pupils do not want to do this, and I don’t want my students to join, either, but the principal forced us to,” said teacher Qiu.
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Inspiring Peaceful Resistance

While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a directive to “fight Falun Gong to the end,” tens-of-millions of Falun Gong practitioners have responded by enacting one of the largest peaceful civil disobedience efforts in history.

This is a success story in the making—an enactment of real-life triumph of good over evil.

Since the persecution began in 1999, the CCP’s propaganda mega-machine has pumped-out falsified news reports and opinion pieces across every Chinese media outlet imaginable, aiming to “stamp out” Falun Gong and to turn the hearts of Chinese citizens against the peaceful practice. But Falun Gong practitioners have never lost sight of the good nature of their fellow Chinese. After all, the CCP does not represent the Chinese.

Courageously risking the worst possible treatment if they are caught, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have embarked on a great grassroots effort, using various means of telling the truth about the injustice played against them. They have printed fliers, newspapers, and posters. They have burned DVDs, with the intention of delivering the truth to every house, village, and city in China. By telling these truths and demonstrating the living embodiment of the principals they practice, they have stripped away the lies told by the CCP propaganda network. Thus they are gradually extracting the poison from the minds of the Chinese citizens toward them.

By focusing on the good nature of the Chinese, Falun Gong practitioners seek to awaken their consciences. Even as they are mistreated in the worst possible ways, the practitioners strive to maintain their compassion and tell the truth to their torturers. If these jailers, torturers, and executioners do have a conscience remaining, it makes it impossible for them to carry out the persecution against a kind, innocent, and peaceful group.

Throughout the last fifteen years, Falun Gong has remained strong in heart, validating the principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance, even when under direct fire by what is likely the largest tyrannical regime in history, the CCP.

Outside of China, overseas Falun Gong practitioners, lawyers, human rights activists, and others interested in justice and rights have worked hard to help the cause. They have sought to counter the lies and defamation spread by the Chinese embassy system and the overseas CCP media.