The red badge of loyalty: Communist Party urges members to wear pins in unity drive

Insignia should be displayed when individuals are engaged in party business and to better distinguish them from general public, state media says

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 June, 2016, 3:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 June, 2016, 3:02am

Various Communist Party organs and academic institutions have recently been pushing members to wear party badges, in a bid to distinguish themselves from the general public and show their loyalty to the party, mainland media reports.

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“In the face of differentiating right from wrong in terms of key issues or something about political principles, when the safety of the general public’s life or assets are under threat, when one has received a crucial mission from the party organ or one comes across temptation of power or money, all party members should clearly declare their identity,” the Beijing Youth Daily quoted a proposal which had recently been issued by the government of Tongzhou District in Beijing as saying.

The proposal called on, rather than demanded, party members in Tongzhou, a district on the outskirts of Beijing which has recently been endorsed as the administrative centre of the capital, to wear party badges in the aforementioned scenarios, according to the report.

Party members nationwide have been urged to show their loyalty to the party in several ways, such as by upholding political integrity, keeping in mind the bigger picture, following the party as the core of the party leadership and acting consistently with party policy.

One such attempt is a three-month campaign in March to copy the party’s 15,000-word constitution by hand.

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A newlywed couple, both working at the Nanchang Railway Bureau, were photographed copying out the constitution on their wedding night, leaving “fond memories” of their big day. A military mouthpiece even demanded cadres put their “wholehearted effort” into completing the endeavour.

The Beijing Youth Daily said that various party institutions and universities had demanded party members in their organisations to wear party badges recently.

Some have told members that wearing a party badge should be serious and solemn it should be worn somewhere over the left chest.

Tens of millions of members of the Communist Youth League and the Young Pioneers on the mainland are generally required to wear league badges or the eyecatching red scarf to signify their identities respectively.

Until the end of 2014, there were altogether more than 87 million member of the Chinese Communist Party across the nation. The Young Pioneers is a mass youth organisation for children aged between 6 and 14, while the Communist Youth League is a movement for youth between 14 and 28.