Fallout continues from the scandal and ousting of Communist Party Leader, Bo Xilai whose wife is charged with murder in a money smuggling scheme. Now middle ranking Communist Party members are calling for a sweep of those associated with the formerly popular leader.
In an open letter, the signatories are calling for the Security Chief, Zhou Yongkang, who is seen as a hardliner who uses violence to subdue dissent and propaganda chief Liu Yunshan.
"We are demanding this because Zhou Yongkang directed the 'Chongqing model' and supported Bo Xilai. They are liars, they are of the same ilk," Zhao said. Al Jazeera
Ongoing accusations of corruption have been levelled against officials ranging in power at the village level to country wide authority. Whether it is the misuse of police power or stealing of funds directly, many people have alleged their officials are dishonest.
As an example, about 100 people in Shenzhen Province were protesting a grab of their parking spaces and the pressure to rebuy them at exorbitant rates. (Radio Free Asia) Often when they object to unfair treatment, they are brutalized.
"The police were beating people up ... We took photos of some of the villagers who were bleeding from the beatings," Zeng said. "The police were using their fists and electric batons."Radio Free Asia
These cracks in the normally smooth façade of the Chinese politburo comes as the country is preparing for the convening of the five year congress.