Taking part in the Hundred Flowers Movement and criticizing the CCP
When the Hundred Flowers Movement started in 1957, Chen Fengxiao was a third-year math major at Beijing University. He actively took part in the movement as one of the chief organizers of the Hundred Flowers Society, and as an editor of the society's journal, The Square. As the movement abruptly shifted from criticizing the government and CCP to suppressing critics, Chen was labeled as an “ultra-Rightist” and a counterrevolutionary. He was sentenced to 15 years in the Laogai, where he endured hardship and torture and life-threatening circumstances. After retiring as a schoolteacher, Chen devoted his time to promoting democracy in China by writing articles.