Friday, June 08, 2012

No Fifth Dictator!

On June 3, 2012, I gave the speech, "No Fifth Dictator," at the Times Square commemoration of the anniversary of Tiananmen Square's June 4 massacre of 1989.

That occasion is in this video:

In addition to that, on June 4, 2012, I attended an event held outside the public library of Flushing, NY - an event organized by dissident Tang Baiqiao and related groups.

That second occasion allowed me to reprise my speech. There is no video from it, but the text of my speech reads similarly to the prior day's version. Here is the full text from June 4 in Flushing:

No Fifth Dictator!
Remarks by John Kusumi as delivered on June 4, 2012

This is the 23rd year that we have gathered for an anniversary commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Tang Baiqiao is very right to have a different feeling about this year. This year, things are different. This is a year in which things are coming together; the stars are aligning favorably for the Chinese democracy movement.

The Communist Party - we can say - has been losing face all year long. It's like, one scandal after another has embarrassed and humiliated the Communist Party. They have had the Wang Lijun incident. They have had the Bo Xilai incident. They have had the Chen Guangcheng incident. And they have had Tibetans lighting themselves on fire to protest the brutal crackdown in Tibet.

And they have had Ya Weilin - a member from the Tiananmen Mothers, group of parents of the victims - and Ya Weilin hung himself. He is now dead at the age of 73. He hung himself out of grief over his dead son - his son that was killed on June 4, 1989. 23 years of time did not heal the grief. And Ya Weilin's suicide has been a very public event. It has been visible on the newswires, world-wide. It is been another point of embarrassment, of shame, of humiliation for the Communist Party.

So we know, right now, they are a discredited party. We can ask the question, 'What about the degree of losing face?' And what happens when the degree of losing face becomes 100 percent?

Right now, the Communist Party would like to give to China a fifth Communist dictator. A fifth administration of the CCP. To follow Mao, follow Deng, follow Jiang, and follow Hu. Now, they want to give Xi Jinping to China as the fifth Communist dictator!

No way, no how! There should be no fifth Communist dictator! And so, right now is the opportune time: the Chinese people can and should take matters into their own hands, and make a movement right now that demands no fifth dictator from the Communist Party!

We can see what happens if we all do nothing: the party will give a fifth dictator to China. We can see it coming! We have no excuse to not be knowledgable! We know what would happen next - we don't want a fifth Communist dictator.

And so the time is now for the Chinese people to take matters into their own hands - to make the push - to change that government - and to insist that there will not be a fifth dictator. Instead, there will be a democratic election to decide the next leader of China.

Thank you for listening to my speech.

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