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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Burn, Baby, Burn - Rioting in China

There are major riots going on in China tonight, related to the apparent cover-up of the rape and murder of a fifteen year-old girl by the son of a state official.

Reports say that 10,000 people surrounded and burned down a police station in response:

Good for them. Hopefully they'll keep up the good work through the Olympics and beyond.

As I've noted here before, China has a long history of going a bit nuts every few decades and setting themselves back. See the Cultural Revolution, Boxer Rebellion, Taiping Rebellion, and so forth for examples. Perhaps we should even count Tiananmen too, for that matter. Perhaps the underlying structural issues that China faces, combined with a slowing global economy and the tightening that they're seeing related to the Olympics will set something new off and do in, or at least badly injure, the current regime.

Posted by Adam T. Yoshida on June 28, 2008 in International Affairs | Permalink


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One of the problems china has is that a very small percentage of people primarily in the big cities are getting rich while the vast majority are seeing very few benefits to their daily life.With 1.3 billion people this is leading to a lot of resentment and unrest. Most chinese now have access to television and internet usage is growing. They see how the rest of the world lives and are starting to question government doctrines.The next few years should prove interesting.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-06-29 12:19:54 AM

You mean they're actually allowed to riot in China?
Can rioters escape with their lives? Will they be saved by the Olympic spotlight?

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-06-29 7:46:49 AM

Thus is life in a fascist police state. While the communists claim to represent the little guy, the poor and downtrodden (sound familiar?), the ones in power consider themselves above the "law" and exploit the little guy worse than an capitalist could.

The Chinese people deserve freedom as much as anyone else. May they be freed from the yoke of tyranny.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-06-29 11:09:05 AM

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