As the candle emoticon flickers out once again on the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Wang Dan, one of the most prominent student leaders of the protests announced that he will be launching an ‘incrimination list’ website to record the violence, corruption and human rights violations committed by the CPC. Not only does he aim to prevent the named and shamed government officials (and their relatives) from entering Western countries, he even wants to freeze their overseas bank accounts, RFA reports.
Well, that’s not exactly the site’s official mission statement. It’s cloaked in more academic rhetoric, ie laying the foundations for a values-based political system for a modern China facing transformational change. But it just so happens that the project includes an unapologetic record of and investigation into all political misgivings, past and present.
For the website project, Wang Dan, one of the most visible student leaders in the 1989 protests, collaborated with three other dissidents: ex-student leader-turned-media and software entrepreneur Shen Tong, exiled America-based writer Hu Ping, and dissident writer Yu Jie.
Wang, a member of the Wikileaks advisory board, is well aware of the galvanising power of the internet.
“The government has less and less control over the people, a civil society is emerging with the help of the Internet,” he said in a 2009 AFP interview.
Take the internet, the immense shaming power of angry Chinese netizens, add a dash of UN co-operation and you may just get karmic retribution.
[Image credit: Prince Roy and Wenxue City // Via: RFA]