Target: President Xi Jinping of China
Goal: To call for the immediate release of activists imprisoned for speaking out against governmental corruption
Four activists were recently imprisoned in China for speaking out against governmental corruption. The four were arrested for carrying banners and making a speech that called for the public disclosure of the assets of government officials. These declarations stem from a growing anti-corruption campaign created by the recently elected President Xi Jinping. Actions such as these seem to detract from the proposed paradigm of the novice leader, and pose many questions regarding his true political goals and allegiances.
President Xi has been a large part of the growing animosity towards governmental corruption. He has taken the lead in many investigations and dismissals of crooked officials. His actions, in large part, have fueled the current movement of Chinese activism that is calling for legislation that forces government officials to publicly disclose their financial assets. While many of his words have been profoundly effective in stimulating social anti-government prerogatives, his indifference towards various activists has been questionable.
These four activists are not the only individuals facing government-laced hostility for their actions. As described in a recent article by Human Rights Watch, “The Chinese government has responded to the campaign by harassing and summoning the organizers, as well as censoring the letter and deleting the microblogs of the organizers. Several activists involved in the campaign have been briefly taken into custody or their movement has been restricted.”
Many individuals have been violated at the hands of government officials in their efforts to curtail the growing anti-government movement. President Xi deemed himself the leader of the anti-corruption campaign in China, and now it is time for him to display where his allegiances lie: with the people, or with the corrupt bureaucrats. It is quite common for political figures to play on changing social sentiments in order to gain notoriety (an understatement), but here, hopefully President Xi is different. If he hopes to preserve his image as the “government watchdog,” and pave way for a more transparent, incorruptible government, then he will release these four activists immediately.
Sign below to show your support for these four activists, and to ask for their immediate release from prison.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
The four activists that are currently imprisoned for displaying anti-corruption banners need to be released. They were simply speaking out against the same dishonest politicians that you have based your campaign against. If you hope to rectify this already terrible situation then the charges need to be dropped on these four individuals.
You promised a movement towards a more transparent government, wherein; officials could no longer enshroud themselves in the all-encompassing cloak of positions of authority. To release these four individuals is to honor that promise.
[Your Name Here]
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