The Tuidang movement (退黨運動/退党运动; Tuìdǎng yùndòng) is a Chinese dissident phenomenon that began in late 2004. The movement, whose name translates literally as “withdraw from the [Communist] party,” was catalyzed by the publication of the editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” (九评共产党; Jiuping Gongchandang) in the U.S.-based Chinese-language newspaper The Epoch Times (Dajiyuan). The series criticized Communist Party rule in China, with a focus on the party’s history of political repression, its propaganda apparatus, and its assaults on traditional culture and value systems.
Soon after the publication the Nine Commentaries, The Epoch Times began publishing letters from readers wishing to symbolically disavow their affiliations to Communist Party organizations, including the Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers. Among the movement’s participants are political dissidents, lawyers, scholars, diplomats, and former police or military personnel.