Much like Chernobyl was a watershed moment spelling the demise of the Soviet Union, COVID-19 has pushed the Chinese Communist Party onto a similar path of no return, says the chair of the group spearheading Ottawas soon-to-be-built Memorial to Victims of Communism.
Polish-born Ludwik Klimkowski, chair of Tribute to Liberty, said he sees parallels in the public mood toward the Soviet Union right before it collapsed, and the growing international backlash toward the Chinese regime due to its mishandling and coverup of the virus outbreak.
“I think were on the path—an expedited path—to basically removing the Chinese Communist Party from the governing of China,” Klimkowski said in an interview.
“No one believes them anymore. No one even wants to come to the table to sign any agreement with the Chinese Communist Party because we know, just like we did know with the Soviet Union representatives of Communist Party, that they just lie. They dont tell us the truth.”
He notes that the Soviet regime also lied about the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, “claiming that nothing had happened and everything was under control. … From 1986, no one believed what the Communist Party of the Soviet Union said afterwards.”
In 1989, a few years after the disaster, a series of revolutions among Eastern Bloc countries—Poland and Hungary in particular—caused a chain reaction that ultimately resulted in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The key for the Polish people in resisting the regime was for dissenters to organize and speak out, said Klimkowsi. But they also needed something more, he says—a spark of outside encouragement to give them courage and hope. In Poland, that moment came in St. Pope John Paul IIs historic 1979 speech that awakened the peoples yearning for independence and helped galvanize the solidarity movement, formed a year later.
As the numbers in the solidarity movement grew, it emboldened those on the fringe who had supported the regime merely for personal benefits or to avoid persecution to join the resistance and eventually bring down the Iron Curtain.
“When the tide changed, they left the Communist Party pretty quickly,” Klimkowsi said.
He believes the time is ripe for a similar galvanizing force to ignite burgeoning dissent in China.
“I think our Chinese friends, they need just one voice—that one equivalent of John Paul II who would say, you dont have to be afraid. You can actually leave the Communist Party. You can renounce your membership in that Party and youll be strong. And theres so many of you who can overcome that challenge and make China free,” he said.
China is already well advanced on the path of resistance, Klimkowsi notes, manifesting in the 360 million Chinese people who have already “quit” or renounced their membership in the Communist Party through the Tuidang movement.
Tuidang, meaning “Quit the Party” in Chinese, is the largest grassroots movement in history. Started in 2004, through the work of volunteers in China and around the world, renunciation statements are collected and posted to the Tuidang Centres Chinese-language website.
Increasing international pushback against the regime, in particular from the United States, also bodes well for a free China, says Klimkowski, since Western investment and Chinese espionage in Western countries were key to the regime attaining its superpower status.
“Based on Chinese GDP numbers, that Chinese economy is the second-largest economy on this planet. And yet imagine one thing: what would happen in terms of evolution of the Chinese economy if the Western civilization would not want to trade with China?”
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