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  Chinese democracy movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The movement began during Beijing Spring in 1978 and was important in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
In the 1990s, the movement underwent a sharp decline both within China and overseas, and is currently fragmented and not considered by most analysts to be a serious threat to power to the Chinese government.
While the Democracy movement attracts considerable western sympathy, most Chinese do not or are not allowed to consider it a viable alternative to the current government, and most protest activity now is expressed in single-issue demonstrations, which are tolerated to a degree by the government, and in religious outlets such as Falun Gong.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_democracy_movement   (1165 words)

 Chinese Democracy
Given this long and tortuous history of democracy in China, and the numerous connotations and layers of meaning associated with the term "minzhu", when the term appeared on wall posters again in 1989, it was sometimes used less for its intrinsic meaning than for its ability to link present concerns with those of the past.
Chinese students knew from experience that describing their struggle as a "democratic" one was the best way to win international sympathy in the industrialized West.
The "Goddess of Democracy," although it had plenty of antecedents in Chinese religious and political ceremonies, was also instrumental in tugging the heartstrings of millions of Westerners who drew a connection to the Statue of Liberty and assumed that Chinese aspirations were identical to their own.
www.tsquare.tv /themes/essay.html   (1409 words)

 CHINESE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Chinese democracy movement was and is a loosely organized movement in the People's_Republic_of_China against the Communist_Party_of_China.
The movement began during Beijing_Spring in 1978 and was important in the Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989.
Some of the ideas of the movement have been incorporated in the Chinese_liberal_faction who tend to agree with neoconservatives that stability is important, but argue that political liberalization is essential to maintain stability.
www.redabacus.com /Chinese_democracy_movement   (1107 words)

 Chinese Democracy in 1989
Although the movement crossed a major watershed in 1989, when many intellectuals gave up hope that the regime of Deng Xiaoping was capable of reforming itself politically from within, both before and after June 4, the democratic movement of 1989 retained strong continuities in personnel, goals, and tactics with its predecessors.
The Chinese democrats have long believed that the regime was capable of reform from within, and the democrats themselves continued to believe in socialism, albeit of a democratic variety.
That the democracy movement's mainstream was not anti-communist does not, however, gainsay the fact that a fundamental conflict existed between the democrats and the regime over the nature of socialist democracy, as well as over the pace of progress toward it.
www.tsquare.tv /themes/Nathan.html   (7967 words)

 Wang Bingzhang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He also co-founded the Chinese Freedom Democracy Party and Chinese Democracy Justice Party in 1989 and 1998, respectively.
In June 2002, Dr. Wang went to Vietnam with Yue Wu and Zhang Qi where they were abducted by Chinese secret agents.
In December 2002, the Chinese government announced his arrest after six months secret custody.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wang_Bingzhang   (170 words)

 Harvard Asia Pacific Review
Therefore, the launch of the democracy movement was a sort of awakening, enlightening both the thought and action of the citizenry.
Opposition movements in the mainland have always been spontaneous and diffuse, and the formation of the Democracy Party was an attempt to organize and standardize the various groups into a single, solid opposition movement.
China's present democracy movement is a positive factor for future political transformation in China, whereas the current authorities' policy of suppression is irresponsible and dangerous for China's future and international peace and stability.
hcs.harvard.edu /~hapr/winter00_millenium/ChineseDemocracy.html   (997 words)

 [No title]
As the Ambassador-at-large for the China Democracy Party, I believe that the forging of a partnership with the Uighurs and the rest of the overseas Chinese democracy movement, including the Tibetans and the Taiwanese, is a strategic imperative essential to eventually winning democracy and human rights in China.
A movement does not have to speak in unison but it must be unified and possess vision, if it is to win the hearts and minds of the people inside and outside the country.
The movement needs to examine this issue and elevate it to a high priority because the movement cannot stand united and be the force that it needs to be until this process is well underway.
www.radicalparty.org /uighur/timothy_cooper.htm   (2518 words)

 Chinese democracy movement biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The difficulties that the Soviet Union had in converting to democracy and capitalism convinced many that slow gradual reform was a wise policy.
Internecine disputes within the movement over such issues as most-favored nation status for China crippled the movement, as did the perception by many within China that overseas dissidents such as Harry Wu and Wei Jingsheng were simply out of touch with the growing economic prosperity and decreasing political control within China.
While the Democracy movement attracts considerable western sympathy, most Chinese do not consider it a viable alternative to the current government, and most protest activity now is expressed in single-issue demonstrations, which are tolerated to a degree by the government, and in religious outlets such as Falun Gong.
www.biography.ms /Chinese_democracy_movement.html   (819 words)

 'Many Birds With One Stone or Reverse Engineering'
To say this is not to belittle the Chinese government democracy movement in any way nor to question the earnestness and dedication of the many courageous individuals who sacrificed so much for democracy in China.
The students had never expected such brutal force to stop their movement and some of those I was able to meet later told me that for the first time they were prepared to believe that there might be some truth in the Tibetans were saying.
Democracy is a wonderful idea, in fact one of the best and most important ideas humanity has come up with.
www.friendsoftibet.org /articles/hope.html   (3210 words)

 China Support Network
The Chinese democracy movement was still smarting from one of Bill Clinton's final acts, the PNTR trade deal with China, which the administration had pushed through Congress over the Chinese democrats' objections in 2000.
Whenever there is a China incident in the news, it is disappointing to the Chinese democracy movement that its leaders are not referred to for the counterpoint and reaction punch lines.
In front of the Chinese embassy at a democracy movement gathering, Kusumi delivered an impassioned speech, declaring a holocaust to be happening in China, and chastising American leadership since the Cold War.
www.chinasupport.net /buzz3.htm   (1721 words)

 Gateway Pundit: Murder & The Chinese Democracy Movement
Dog Pundit sent this news of the democracy protests in the village Kaishi and the disturbing death of one of China's Democracy activists.
A Chinese activist was missing on Sunday after being badly beaten when he and a foreign journalist went to a village in southern China, other activists and friends said.
Chinese nationalism is rampant after being fostered by the current regime and it will be unpredictable.
gatewaypundit.blogspot.com /2005/10/murder-chinese-democracy-movement.html   (1357 words)

 Funding Shortage Hampers Chinese Democracy Movement - CMAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Friends of freedom and democracy may become concerned, perhaps, to inquire after the health of the Chinese democracy movement, a matter which first came to everyone's attention at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
I cared to be very respectful, where in the Chinese democracy movement I am a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court.
Certain outposts of the democracy movement, such as Human Rights in China, the Laogai Research Foundation, and the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy (a prolific news source in Hong Kong) became funded by the NED, the quasi-public National Endowment for Democracy.
www.cmaq.net /en/node.php?id=9369   (1359 words)

 Bringing Democracy to ... Mao | Politics | Wise Monkey News | Be Wise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1989, Dr. Yang helped to lead the Chinese democracy movement, which culminated in the student rally in Tiananmen Square in which 30 students were killed for speaking out against communism in China.
Though the leaders of the democracy movement are scattered around the world, they still keep close contact and continue to fight for Chinese democracy through an underground movement.
Dr. Yang’s struggle for Chinese democracy is founded not only on his political beliefs, but on a moral code as well.
wisemonkeynews.com /article/politics/97/Bringing+Democracy+to+...+Mao   (764 words)

 China Support Network
The 5th Congress of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition was held in Galliard, France next to Geneva, Switzerland on April 10 and 11, 2004.
During the congress, the participants discussed the current status of the Chinese democracy movement, the international circumstances, the on-going United Nations' 60th human rights commission, and the political and economic conditions inside of China.
Reviewing the history of the democracy movement in many countries, it is always true that very few people could continue at a difficult period.
www.chinasupport.net /buzz65.htm   (969 words)

 Wei Jingsheng - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wei Jingsheng (魏京生;) (May 20, 1950 -) is an activist in the Chinese democracy movement most prominent for authoring the document the Fifth Modernization for which he was sent to prison.
Dissidents who are widely known in the West such as Wei Jingsheng, Fang Lizhi, and Wang Dan are deported.
In 1996 Wei Jingsheng was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
www.kernersville.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Wei_Jingsheng   (179 words)

 China Support Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 PM facing the Chinese Embassy at 2300 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC.
Wuer Kaixi was famed for impassioned speeches in Tiananmen Square, and was the chief among student leaders prior to the ascension of Chai Ling.
The Chinese democracy movement has had joint candlelight vigils every year since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989.
www.chinasupport.net /news11.htm   (516 words)

 Quote of the week from CSN : Hawai'i IMC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
So, the Chinese democracy movement gained one more leader among those who are able to work in the United States.
But, through all of this crowded environment -- a week of strong rhetoric in support of Chinese democracy -- I have selected a quote from Gu Yuan to be the quote of the week.
It may be helpful to know that in Chinese politics, Jiang Zemin, China's resident dictator, has tried to write into the constitution his "three represents" theory, saying that the Communist Party now represents three more things than before.
hawaii.indymedia.org /print.php?id=4133   (1310 words)

 Washingtonpost.com: China Special Report
Wei told his audience today not to be discouraged by the weakened Chinese democracy movement.
Asked about remarks by Chinese Justice Minister Xiao Yang, who reportedly said Wei would be required to serve out the rest of his second long jail sentence if he returned to his homeland, Wei replied: "I'd be willing to go back under almost any circumstances.
Released in September 1993, as Beijing was bidding to host the 2000 Olympics, he was arrested again in 1994 and sentenced in 1995 to 14 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the government.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/inatl/longterm/china/stories/wei1197.htm   (919 words)

 [No title]
We have to admit that the political clarity of this generation is a far cry from their '70s and '80s predecessors, who were predominantly aspiring to socialism.
In linking up with the struggle for democracy in China, it's most sensible to join forces with them, seizing on their program for social reform and defence of workers, rather than dwelling in an abstract sense on debating whether capitalism is good.
Some Chinese activists can be suspicious of activists from Hong Kong, but the door can be more open, at least superficially, if you can provide them with logistical or financial support - a mobile phone and other means of communications with all ongoing fees taken care of could be a good start.
www.blythe.org /nytransfer-subs/99as/Fighting_for_Democracy_in_China-GL_Wkly   (1281 words)

 Yang Jianli
June 1, 2004 (CSN) -- Arthur Liu (Liu Junguo), a student leader from 1989's pro-democracy uprising in China, has begun a hunger strike for Chinese democracy, for the release of all political prisoners in China, and for particular emphasis on the freedom of Yang Jianli.
The United Nations found Yang's case to be one of 'arbitrary detention.' The Chinese pro-democracy movement has been livid about the treatment accorded to Yang, after he re-entered China and was arrested in April, 2002.
This week, he is sitting in front of the Chinese embassy, on a hunger strike that echoes an earlier one, 15 years ago in Tiananmen Square.
www.yangjianli.com /news/CSN20040601_en.htm   (753 words)

 89-107 (Dissident Chinese Writers)
Three dissident Chinese writers – Ma Bo, Bei Ling and Xue Di – who are now in residence at Brown University will read from their works on April 11, 1990, and share their life experiences in a forum on April 12.
Earlier in his career the Chinese government had labeled him a pariah for eight years until he was eventually rehabilitated.
During the 1989 Democracy Movement, he began to organize resident writers and poets into support groups for the Tiananmen students’ hunger strike.
www.brown.edu /Administration/News_Bureau/1987-95/89-107.html   (654 words)

 Australia Tibet Council: News: Lobsang Dhondup’s Execution Highlighted At Sydney Protest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tibetans and ATC members joined members of the Chinese Democracy Movement and Falun Dafa practitioners in front of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney today to commemorate the execution of Lobsang Dhondup.
The protest was organised by the Chinese Democracy movement of Sydney to highlight the plight of all those who are imprisoned in China for their political or religious beliefs.
The judicial murder of Lobsang Dhondup by the Chinese Government underscores the cruelty of Beijing in its occupation of Tibet and studied indifference of the Howard Government and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer.
www.atc.org.au /news/news/20030131_janprotest03.html   (503 words)

 Online NewsHour: Wei Jingsheng -- November 21, 1997
WEI JINGSHENG, Chinese Dissident: (speaking through interpreter) I want to thank the people and governments around the world that have made enormous efforts to press the Chinese government for the release of political prisoners.
It was only because the Chinese authorities told me that if I wanted to apply for medical treatment, medical amnesty from prison, I could only receive that medical treatment overseas and could not receive it in China.
As for the future, the future prospect of the Chinese democracy movement is excellent.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/asia/july-dec97/wei_11-21.html   (605 words)

 The Harvard Crimson :: Opinion :: Defending Chinese Dissidents
Liu Binyan was there to express his displeasure that the movement failed to advance the cause of democracy as far as it could have and failed also to leave a legacy of writings and ideas to carry on after the end of the singular Tiananmen Square gathering.
But all of them are simple records, attempts to ensure the dissemination information that the Chinese government would desperately like to suppress, and while these can aid the movement to democracy, they are no substitute for an internal Chinese dialogue about ideology.
The movement for democracy in China is not yet clearly defined as a result.
www.thecrimson.com /printerfriendly.aspx?ref=222457   (774 words)

 Han, M.: Cries For Democracy: Writings and Speeches from the Chinese Democracy Movement.
Linked by a commentary setting the documents in the context of the movement's history and of Chinese social and political life, these expressions--indeed, cries--of the participants in the passionate demonstrations in Beijing and other Chinese cities powerfully convey the atmosphere of this extraordinary protest.
In the face of the ensuing campaign of intimidation and repression in China, this book enables Western readers to see through the eyes of Chinese students, intellectuals, workers, and other citizens the realities behind the reports and visual images that flooded the media during the spring of 1989.
Highlighting the demands and goals of the protesters and the attitude of the students toward the Chinese Communist Party, the work movingly evokes the determination, idealism, courage, and flashes of humor that were the essence of this unforgettable spring.
pup.princeton.edu /titles/4622.html   (356 words)

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