Friday, January 11, 2008

A little trouble in big China

Fifty Chinese municipal officials beat a local blogger to death. "On Monday Wei happened on a confrontation in the central Chinese province of Hubei between city inspectors and villagers protesting over the dumping of waste near their homes. A scuffle developed when residents tried to prevent trucks from unloading the rubbish, Xinhua said. When Wei took out his cell phone to record the protest, more than 50 municipal inspectors turned on him, attacking him for five minutes, Xinhua said. Wei was dead on arrival at a Tianmen hospital, the report said."

Corruption and mismanagement is apparently a big problem in parts of the southern province of Hubei, and this blogsite has more. There's Youtube video depicting another controversy in Hubei after "Read More".


Blogger Zenster said...

Never, NEVER, NEVER get in between a Chinese communist and his next cent of ill gotten gain. These pukes would walk over their own grandmothers to club a protester for the sheer exercise.

What we see here stateside in the way of tainted goods is the iceberg's tip. China—like the Soviet Union before it—will be turned into a massive toxic waste dump by its Mandarin aristocracy. This is NIMBY on a monstrous scale. China's elite will sequester themselves upon sunny hilltops while the lowland peasants choke to death on killer fogs.

To paraphrase an old Cree prophecy:

Only when the last tree is felled
When the last animal is shot
When the last lake is fouled
When the last breath of air is soured
Only then will China's Mandarins realize that you cannot eat money.

1/11/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Interesting video. My first thought was that it was a little like a baby Tianenman Square, but then I realized the important difference. Tianenman was much more "in your face" on the part of the government. They WANTED to publicize brutality.

This was much less brutal, but I got the impression that the government didn't let this out on purpose.

The combo of modern cameras and YouTube is sooner or later going to end up causing a crack-up or revolution in China because of repeats of this sort of thing. In fact: I'll add to my predictions of the earlier thread another: in 2008 at least one country somewhere in the world will experience violent armed conflict, if not outright civil war, due primarily to somebody (blogger or other) exposing illicit actions of the government.

1/11/2008 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

How did China get the bid for hosting the Olympics again?

Oh ya that's right -- bribes. No way they could get it for being nice, polite and law abiding people that honour human rights and freedoms which is what the Olympics is suppose to stand for.

1/17/2008 10:21:00 AM  

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