Creaders reported the People’s Armed Forces of Shanghai, Guangdong, Hubei, and other places recently issued a notice of their intention to form a “legal struggle militia platoon.”

The Armed Forces Department of Jing’an District in Shanghai stated that the legal struggle militia platoon was formed to support cyberspace forces.

Eighteen lawyers or paralegals were recruited from the city’s law firms to join the militia. The requirements for recruits are aged 18 to 45 years old and in good physical condition. Communist Party members, and veterans, are preferred.

The notice mentioned above was widely circulated on the Internet, arousing the attention and various interpretations in Chinese legal circles. Lawyer Mo Shaoping, a Chinese criminal law expert, said on May 11 that he had never heard the expression “legal struggle.”

Mo believes that there are different understandings of legal principles that can be debated, but it is absurd to create a legal vocabulary.

Zha Jianguo, an independent political commentator in Beijing, said that the term legal struggle is a new, made-up word. It shows that they want to fight and use the law as a tool, but there is no specific legal basis. That’s why China is like this.

Before March 28, the People’s Armed Forces Department of Jing’an District, Shanghai, also issued the “Notice on Forming the Basic Street Militia Legal Struggle Platoon.” As a result, Jiangning Road Street has taken on the task of forming a legal fighting platoon as a cyberspace support force with 20 people.

Guo Wenhao, a Chinese political scientist, believes that the regime’s devolution of law enforcement to the grassroots is a very dangerous signal.

He said when agencies without legal knowledge or powers of law enforcement get the ability to enforce the law, there will be widespread abuse of the power of law enforcement. And this phenomenon tends to intensify.

Guo Wenhao believes that the current domestic political trend is developing toward a comprehensive “Cultural Revolution.” However, there is no such system in China’s personnel structure, and it is entirely absurd.

Zhang Ping, a scholar of literature and history in Gansu, said that the “legal struggle militia platoon” was similar to the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. They could carry out government orders or even armed actions at any time to control people.

On April 28, Zhuanglang County, Pingliang City, Gansu Province issued the “Notice on Printing and Distributing the Implementation Plan for Deepening Militia Adjustment and Reform in the County in 2022.” The reference to the militia platoon is to strengthen stability maintenance per wartime needs requiring a sudden and quick response.

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