Kewalahan dengan banyaknya berita tentang basis militer, pelabuhan, koloni yang 
dibeli Tiongkok kapitalis-imperialis, dan sudah tentu tidak bisa membantahnya, 
satu-satunya pegangan si Chan "Marx-Lenin-MaoTsetung tetap dijadikan dasar 
ideologi pembimbing PKT, ......"Memangkaum revisionis Tiongkok lebih tidak 
punya malu dari pada remo Soviet!!!!Luar biasa!!! Kapitalisme-imperialisme 
dikembangkan dengan "dasar ideologi Marx-Lenin dan Mao Tsetung!!! Hanya terjadi 
di Tiongkok!!! Wow!!! Jadi Tkk yang bertingkah PERSIS seperti kaum kolonial 
Inggris yang mencaplok wilayah Tiongkok dulu, tidak bisa disebut imperialis, 
tapi harus disebut "sosialisme dengan ciri Tkk"!!! Aneh dan herannya, dengan 
dasar ideologi pembimbing tiga guru besar itu, kok turut serta dalam grup studi 
karya Mao saja sudah merupakan tindakan "kriminal", sehingga dipersekusi dan 
ditangkap...Kok mirip seperti kasus mahasiswa yang ditangkap ORBA Suharto dulu, 
dipenjara 7 atau 8 tahun, karena baca karyanya Pramudya Ananta Toer!!!Si Chan 
mengejek manifestasi/demonstrasi dan orasi-orasi di pertemuan massa... 
Bayangkan, begitu reaksionernya si Chan ini!!! Padahal orang turut 
bermanifestasi (kecuali provokator yang memang dikirim penguasa untuk mengacau) 
itu menanggung resiko dipersekusi, ditangkap dan bahkan bisa hilang nyawa!!! 
Nah, coba ini, silahkan disimak. Ikut dalam grup belajar karya Mao, kok 
ditangkap dan dikejar-kejar???!!  
Zheng Yongming, organisator dari grup belajar, berkata:"saya akan selalu jadi 
anak kaum buruh dan kaum tani"...dan dia menyatakan "tidak kapok/menyesal"... 
akan terus berjuang menghadapi gelombang deras demi keadilan bersama dengan 
kaum pemuda dan akan terus membantu kaum buruh dan kaum tani berjuang untuk 
kehidupan lebih baik....
Ayo maju terus para pemuda Maois Tiongkok!!! Pewaris dan penerus fikiran Mao 
Tsetung!!! Dari tidak ada menjadi ada, dari kecil menjadi besar, dari lemah 
menjadi kuat...... Hari depan milik kaum pemuda!!!

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China - arrest and manhunt of eightyouths for participating in a [Marxist] 
reading session at Guangdong Universityof Technology (GUT)


Torchesilluminating the wintry night: Timeline of the “Eight Youths” Incident 

Therecent arrest and manhunt of eight youths for participating in a 
[Marxist]reading session at Guangdong University of Technology (GUT) caused a 
majorpublic uproar. Numerous students and other people have expressed 
solidaritywith the youths and called for justice.

Thesevere handling and the public response to the “Eight Youths” Incident 
areunheard of. The incident has yet to be publicly confirmed by the police 
sincetheir intrusion of the reading session on November 15th, 2017. Zhang, 
Sun,Zheng, and Ye are bailed from remand while the other four youths are 
This article summarizes public information published by various media 
platforms,organizes the important stages of the incident, and aims to provide a 
detailedand clear understanding of the whole incident.

November 15th, 2017
Security personnel intruded into the classroom when Zhang Yunfen and otherswere 
attending a reading session organized by students in a classroom ofGuangdong 
University of Technology (GUT). The front and the back of theclassroom were 
blocked by school security and Public Joint Defense Forcemembers wearing steel 
helmets. The police took a number of participants to thepolice 
station before Zhang Yunfan and Ye Jianke were criminallydetained the next day 
for “crime of assembling crowd to disturb public order”due to not carrying 
personal IDs. Students participated in reading sessionswere repeatedly warned 
and interviewed by the police and the school. Thereading sessions were put to a 

Zhang Yunfan

According to the confession filed afterwards by Zhang Yunfan and Ye Jianke, 
thereading session was discussing current events such as the removal of “Bao 
ZouBig News Events” videos, lack of freedom of speech, the student movement 
inlate 1980s, and the problem of workers’ rights.
The youths’ confessions showed that the only possible “criminal acts” 
theycommitted were organizing or participating in on-campus reading sessions 
andorganizing cultural and entertainment events for logistics workers, none 
ofwhich violates the Criminal Law and meets the measurement of Crime 
ofassembling crowd to disturb public order, which is “with serious 
consequences;where the process of work, production, business, teaching, and 
scientificresearch are disrupted; and where serious losses have been caused.” 
However,the Panyu Police Department has yet to release more details about 
theircriminal activities to this day.

December 5th, 2017
The police intruded into the residence of the organizer of the readingsessions, 
university graduate Zheng Yongming, took him to the police stationfor 
simultaneous interrogation before classifying him as “ringleader”. 
ZhengYongming was criminally detained.

Zheng Yongming

December8th, 2017
The police intruded into the apartment of reading session participant Sun 
Tingtingat 10 pm, searched her residence without displaying any permits, before 
takingSun Tingting to the police station and coerced her to inform them about 
thestatus of other members. The police searched her apartment again 
andconfiscated a large amount of her personal belongings the following day 
andcriminally detained Sun Tingting that night.
According to the law, criminal detention must meet two conditions: first, 
thetarget of the detention is In flagrante delicto or a major suspect; 
second,under one of the emergent situations as defined by law, such as a victim 
or aneye witness.
No “emergent situations” occurred when the two youths were arrested, 
notmentioning Zheng Yongming and Sun Tingting were no longer present in 
thementioned reading session on Dec. 9th. The police listed Sun 
Tingting’sdetention as criminal detention because “their electronics only 
recognize onetype of detention”, while superseding the legal regulation that 
criminaldetentions are to be no longer than 14 days and detained Sun Tingting 
at thedetention center for 26 days.
The police changed the criminal coerced actions of Zhang Yunfan and Ye Jianketo 
Residential surveillance at a designated place. Zhang Yunfan was detained ata 
secret location during this period.

Sun Tingting

December21st, 2017
The Open Letter to the Panyu Police Department, Guangzhou regardingPeking 
University (PKU) graduate Zhang Yunfan Suspected of Committing “Crime 
ofAssembled Crowd to Disturb Public Order” was published openly online,which 
described to the public the situation of Zhang Yunfan and called forpublic 
support. It was signed by various famous professors and scholarsincluding Qian 
Liqun, Kong Qingdong, and Yu Jianrong and numerous other people.The Open Letter 
was deleted repeatedly but the list ofsignatures kept increasing. Various Weibo 
and Weixin public accounts publishedarticles to express solidarity.
The publishing of the Open Letter gradually spread thenews of the incident and 
attracted widespread attentions and discussions fromall sectors of Chinese 
society. During the period, information related to ZhangYunfan including the 
article PKU Philosophy Department Graduate ZhangYunfan which revealed his 
outstanding academic achievements and activeparticipation in events furthering 
public interest was made public.
The Panyu Police Department was facing massive public pressure formed 
bysimultaneous increase of signatures, involvement of various known 
publicfigures, discussions and support from students, and foreign media 
reports, andwas forced to terminate the Residential surveillance measures after 
14 daysinstead of the planned 6 months.

Meeting of MLMs in Shaanxi in solidaritywith the Eight Youths
December 29th, 2017
Zhang Yunfan and Ye Jianke were bailed after 14 days of residentialsurveillance.
December 30th, 2017
Professor Zhang Quanfan of the PKU Law School published the article “Freedomof 
Speech regardless of Left or Right” and expressed support from thestandpoint of 
defending freedom of speech.
January 4th, 2018
Sun Tingting and Zheng Yongming were bailed.

Meeting of masses in Shanxi demandingthe stop of manhunt 
January 15th, 2018
Zhang Yunfan publicly published “My Confession to the People” on hisWeibo, 
explained the whole story, and mentioned the police forced him toaccount for 
the non-existent “secret activities” and “secret organization”,that “there is 
no need to worry about finding a suitable pretext if they wantto find fault 
with someone”. TheConfession pointed out that fourmore youths including Xu 
Zhongliang, Han Peng, Huang Liping, and hisgirlfriend, Gu Jiayue are still on 
the run from police manhunt, called on thepublic to support the youths 
suffering from injustice, and stated that he isprepared to face the danger.
Various PKU students started to put attention on the incident after 
thepublishing of the Confession, articles like “Remembering AlumniZhang Yunfan” 
were widely distributed, group chats on Weiming BBS, Wechatand QQ discussing 
this incident were founded voluntarily by students, and songsabout the eight 
youths calling for progressivism and justice were composed.However, related 
content and group chats were repeatedly banned, studentsconfessed their love to 
Zhang Yunfan on the BBS were muted, and those whoreposted the articles were 
interviewed by teachers.
It was gradually known to both the students and the wider public that 
ZhangYunfan was a former leader of the school’s Association for the Study 
ofMarxism, was deeply concerned with the situation of workers when he 
attendedschool, launched investigation on the situation of logistics workers in 
thePKU, which produced a report revealing the chaotic logistics employment 
thatcaused widespread public reaction and lead to a half-year ban on the 
studentorganization’s activities.
Zhang’s confession dispelled some concerns about the truth. The 
idealisticspirit of Zhang Yunfan’s firm commitment to the perspective of the 
proletariatalongside Marxist beliefs and his courage to take up 
responsibilities with thelack of fear of tyranny are particularly touching.
One after the other, peers of other youths started to publish articles, 
whichshowed to the public the youths’ pursuit of value concerning the interest 
ofthe lower class and commitment to their ideals in addition to their 
noblecharacters and actions, denouncing the action of the Panyu police 

Demonstration of masses in Ningxia
January16th, 2018
Sun Tingting’s Weibo account published “I’m Sun Tingting and I’m StandingOut”, 
revealing the chaos she experienced both prior and after her arrestincluding 
the police’s unwarranted search, illegal detention, and the harshconditions and 
mismanagement of the detention center, questioning the police’streatment of an 
innocent young woman which lead to her physical collapse,removal from her job, 
stained reputation, and major economic burdens.
The suffering of Sun Tingting as an ordinary participant of the readingsessions 
and a civilian girl advocating for the furthering of public interestcaused 
widespread compassion and solidarity, as the word “Sun Tinging” enteredthe list 
of top Weibo searches. However, the Weibo account of Zhang Yunfan,Zheng 
Yongming and Sun Tingting were all subsequently terminated.
January 17th, 2018
“‘Ringleader’ Zheng Yongming: I Will Always be the Son of Workers andPeasants” 
was published. Zheng Yongming, organizer of the reading sessionssaid he will 
face the stormy waves and fight for justice with the youths, andhe himself will 
always help workers and peasants to struggle for better lives –he is 

Posters by the Mao Tse-tung ThoughtPropaganda Unit of ZhengzhouJanuary 20th, 
Masses held demonstration in the streets of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 
holdingportraits of Chairman Mao, denouncing the removal of Mao statue in 
Luoning, anddisplayed banners with the slogan “Protesting the Arrest and 
Repression ofYouths Studying and Applying Marxism-Leninism-Maoism by the Panyu 
PoliceDepartment”, signed “Masses of Shaanxi”, supporting the Eight Youths with 
Confession of one of the wanted youths, Huang Liping “The People Will Decideif 
I’m Guilty or Not” was published, questioning how the Xiaoguwei PoliceState can 
stand true to the slogan “People’s Police for the people”, and said“I hadn’t, 
haven’t, and will never consider myself guilty”, the police can’tcover the eyes 
of the popular masses.
Xu Zhongliang published “I Don’t Believe Canton is Still Under KuomintangRule” 
and expressed willingness to answer any questions regarding hismental state and 
his actions in Guangzhou. He does not fear death, he said, butthe police must 
give the people an answer.

Demonstration of MLMs and progressivesin Shaanxi in solidarity with the Eight 
YouthsJanuary 21st,2018
Han Peng published “Father and Mother, Please Believe I’m Innocent – HanPeng’s 
Letter to His Parents”, insisted his thoughts and actions wereinnocent, “tens 
of thousands of kind people are giving us their support.”
That afternoon, Hongkongese leftist and pan-leftist organizations 
including“Left 21”, League of Social Democrats, and New School for Democracy 
helddemonstration outside the Hong Kong Western Police Station. The marchers 
madetheir way to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government 
withpictures of the youths and banners, protesting the illegal repression 
ofleftist youths by the Chinese Police.
“Left 21” also launched cosignatory supporting the leftist youths 
participatedin reading sessions. 19 organizations including the Neighbourhood 
and Worker’sService Centre, Labour Party, League of Social Democracy and Hong 
Kong Alliancein Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and 20 
individualactivists have signed as of Jan. 25th.
The two offline actions are no doubt more powerful than online support 
andshowed fully the massive dissidence this incident caused. Various 
leftistactivists acknowledged the Youths are the progressive force of the 
society, andstated, that this showed the hypocrisy of mainstream Chinese 
propaganda, as themodern Chinese state claimed to adhere to Marxism-Leninism 
Mao Tse-tung Thoughtbut are arresting the youths believing and spreading the 
same exactthoughts, and the people are refused the right to speak in a country 
“ruled bythe people”.

Demonstration of progressives and laboractivists in Hong Kong showing 
solidarity with the Eight YouthsJanuary 22nd,2018
Zhang Yunfan published the poem “In Memoriam Comrade Han Xiya” beforeattending 
the memorial service of communist activist Han Xiya.
January 23rd, 2018
“Fear Will Never Make Me Deny Anything – Declaration of Gu Jiayue” 
waspublished, as Gu Jiayue – a youth currently wanted – sent regards to 
comradesusing the sentence “The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains will 
not stopuntil he dies.”
The same day, Panyu Police Department crossed provincial lines and arrived 
atMuyang, Jiangsu Province, ordering a Sun Tingting still recovering from 
policebrutality in her hometown to check in at the local police station every 
day at10 am.
January 24th, 2018
National Defense Agency personnel from Panyu, Guangdong crossed provinciallines 
and interviewed Zhang Yunfan in Beijing for 2 hours, likely pressuring onhim.
The “Initiative Calling for All Sectors of the Society to Continue Focus onthe 
Proper Resolution of the ‘Eight Youths of the Guangzhou Reading 
Sessions’Juridical Dispute” is jointly published and signed by 36 
importantleft-wing figures and called on the concerned masses to form “Eight 
YouthsMonitor Groups” and join the petition. The initiative stated the Eight 
Youthsare innocent and proposed the youth to “clarify the situation” at local 
policestations. The list of signatures is simultaneously increasing and got 
860signatures in two days.

Posters by the Mao Tse-tung ThoughtPropaganda Unit of Zhengzhou January 25th, 
Ye Jianke’s article “Withdraw Charges and Stop the Manhunt of Xu, Han, 
Huang,and Gu” is published on the website Epoch Pioneer (时代先锋), explained the 
details of the incidents, and revealed the police triedto trick him into 
“working for the government” and asked him to “callthe police in prior” the 
next time he participates in similar events. Ye Jiankestated at the end of the 
passage that he will debunk the façade spread by thepolice.

Socialists in Hong Kong showingsolidarity with the Eight YouthsAll sectors of 
the society are still watchingthe “Eight Youths Incident” closely to this day. 
The people are still seekingfinal justice, whether proposing the 
decriminalization of spreadingMarxist-Leninist-Maoist ideas or calling for the 
rule of law and human rights.
In this incident, the police arrested and detained participants of the GUTstudy 
sessions in the name of repressing the so-called “anti-party,anti-socialist” 
organization. It is trying to create a gross injustice ignoringthe rule of law, 
intentionally confusing truth with falsehood, and disguisingit as a “glorious 
achievement” during the course of “maintaining stability”. Itcan be observed 
from the actions and attitudes of the Xiaoguwei Police Stationthat plenty of 
similar injustices are likely to be found in the localbureaucratic system.
Are injustices like this unavoidable? Fortunately, the façade is shattered 
bythe Eight Youths and the plan of the Xiaoguwei police station has been 
foiled.At first, the broad progressive force pressured the police, before the 
youths –only temporarily regained their freedom – stood out bravely, revealed 
the darkpractices of the police force, called for the withdrawal of charges, 
defendedfreedom of beliefs and justice without any fear of the danger they 
could face.
It is those confessions that showed people the truth that no power can hide 
andthe courage of the youths that aggregated people’s faith in justice 
togetheragainst the unjust.
The people, regardless of their occupations or political affiliations, 
haverepeatedly spoken up not only for the innocence of the youths but also 
fortheir firm beliefs and for human rights and freedom.

However, the voices of justice are subsequently being smothered by 
theauthority. Large quantities of articles were deleted, accounts and group 
chatsbanned, all features of public accounts reporting the incident like “Yehuo 
Ba”were disabled, the blockade action is speeding up, but the police have yet 
torespond directly and explain their actions.
To this day, we still call for the authority to withdraw all charges, to 
givethe youths innocence and freedom, and to give the people justice.
In early 2018, a few youths have suddenly drawn attention of the public. 
Itseemed the people’s resistance is weakening, and the free space left 
isdecreasing in front of the state power, especially after series of 
incidentslike “Sexual Harassment Incident” or “Cleansing of Low-end 
Population”.However, the Eight Youths and the righteous have stood up and 
spoken up in thisincident, calling on the people to resist tyranny, fight for 
justice andfreedom, and pursuit and act for the idea of social progress, just 
like a seaof burning torch in this frigid winter night, illuminating our path 
Youths like this and the ones that spoke up for the youths are 
representativesof the spirit of the people, and are the hope for equality and 
justice in thissociety!

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