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Rising Bus Costs Spark Chinese Riots

Posted on Mar 12, 2007

As many as 20,000 rural Chinese workers, unhappy with government corruption and increasing public transportation costs, faced off with about 1,000 police officers in China’s Hunan province this weekend.  The class-driven protests escalated into violent showdowns Friday, just as government legislators assembled in Beijing for the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress.


The Boxun Chinese news website said the clash was sparked by rising public transport costs. A witness told the BBC sporadic incidents continued on Monday.

Rural regions of China have seen mounting unrest in recent years.

Thousands of protests were held last year amid growing discontent over the widening gap between rich and poor and corruption among officials at the local level and above.

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By Sinomania!, March 14, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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BBC first to fall for the latest Falun Dafa propaganda, conveniently paid for by US taxpayers via congressional appropriation to the national endowment for democracy, and funding for broadcasters such as “radio free asia”.  BBC’s source?  “Eyewitness” Zhan [sic] Zilin.  Zhang Zilin is a known troublemaker and claims to lead up the “pan-blue coalition” in China (not the same as the “pan-blue alliance on Taiwan), just query his name on the internet and you’ll find him eyewitnessing numerous clashes with police.

Did a protest occur?  There is evidence of that and the police in the town nearby confirmed it.  Did anyone die?  There is no proof anywhere of the “1 dead, 60 injured” headline.  Is the Falun Dafa noise machine behind this?  You bet and its deliberately designed to embarass the Chinese government while their national congress meets and dutifully picked up by the lazy big media heavyweights who run with it without any research whatsoever.  consider the source.

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By Hemi, March 13, 2007 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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Is “Chinese Riots” politically correct?

How does a “Chinese Riot” differ from a
riot of undetermined ethnicity?

How about: Rising Bus Costs Spark Riots In China

Is a “Chinese Riot” something like a “Chinese Fire Drill”?

Smile, life’s too short!

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By GW=MCHammered, March 12, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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Should we outsource to the Chinese people demonstrations against our government’s corruption, class-driven economic degeneracy, overgreedy healthcare system, etc? Maybe that’s one we can do ourselves, like this Saturday’s March on the Pentagon. Bet the corporate news media skips it entirely.

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By Quy Tran, March 12, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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The fate of innocent people is so miserable not only in China.

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