Monday, April 11, 2005

CHINA 'PROTESTS' - THE REAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

There seems to be protests, growing in frequency, violence and organization?
So what gives?
  • Anger at Japan for WWII atrocities inflicted 60 years ago?
  • Anger at US for its war in Iraq?
  • Anger at 'aggressive' land reforms by the Chinese Goverment?
#1 Sure, Chinese probably remember atrocities Japan committed 60 years ago, but is that really it? How about government escalation of nationalism as a tact in the past few years to quell anger and opposition to it? Are there Americans screaming at Japan on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor?
  • Chinese Mobs Escalate Protests at Japanese Embassy over a new textbook that minimizes atrocities Japan committed in WWII as well as Japan's possible ascension to the Security
    Council. However, while Xinhua (China State Press) reported to the outside world -
  • ...Xinhua did not transmit any reports on the demonstrations in Chinese.

#2 Does anyone really believe the average Chinese cares that much in their life and struggles about the US invasion of Iraq?

March 2003 Gov't sponsored Iraqi War Protest with pathetic turn out Yet....
Even in the state sanctioned protest the state felt it necessary to crack down on anyone that deviated from the plan.


#3 'Land Reforms' do appear to be a major component of the spreading depth of protests in Chinese society, as in outside of cities and student led unrest. The government a dictatorship, just takes land as they see fit to make room for economic reform..

While all true by themselves... they do not tell the REAL story.
If you've walked the streets in Manhattan the past 2 years you can't miss all of the Chinese silent protestors. They hand out pictures of the real face of the Communist Dictatorship, brutal pictures. So, could the REAL cause of Chinese anger bubbling over be -
  • lack of freedom
  • brutal suppression and lack of human rights (Tienneman Square memories?)
  • lack of free speech
  • police state dictatorship

June 2004 BBC Chinese protests on the rise

  • More than three million people took part in protests in China last year, according to official statistics. The figures confirm police reports that demonstrations within China are growing in size and number, and becoming better organised.
  • The report, in Outlook magazine, blames dissatisfaction with government policy. The main problems, it says, are wage disputes, social welfare problems, the restructuring of state-owned enterprises, and evictions. These problems amount to a list of the fallout from China's reform process.
Again, Outlook is probably right here but missing the bigger picture. Does the magazine suppose that people there can't really tell them what the real problem is?
The reporter doesn't seem to connect or pontificate about Tienneman Square and dictatorship?Very similar to Iraqis under Saddam. When a cab driver asked an American "War Protestor" he was driving back to Jordan why he came and if was really paid by Saddam to come.

GOOD NEWS - Gov't is getting nervous and making concessions....
  • The Ministry of Public Security says last year there were more than 58,000 "mass incidents" - the term they use to describe public protests - involving three million people: that is an increase of almost 15% over the year before.
    Western experts say that as protests increase, Chinese police are trying different strategies to contain them, sometimes even making economic concessions to demonstrators - moves that may even encourage others to stage protests.
    And one Western academic has warned that, when it comes to the growing unrest, China's leaders will face riskier dilemmas than at any time since the massive protests in 1989.

THEY WAIT till the LAST LINE of the article to give you the real gist of what the problem is... and only hint at it? SAD!

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