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Protests Rising Within China

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Tens of thousands of residents in a Chinese city took to the streets last week to protest, forcing the government to scrap plans to build a copper plant. The incident is the latest in a rising number of localised protests as expression of public anger aim

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:11 am
This is very interesting. Thanks for posting, Cal.

It seems that social media is now playing its part even in China. I'll be watching for any future developments with interest.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:25 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 6:34 am
Noted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 10:40 am
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Noted.

paul m (93)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:30 pm

That's the last yo'll hear of them .......

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 5:52 pm
“Thanks to the spread of information, more people are aware of their rights,” the 19-year-old protestor Li Yonglin adds. “The people have drawn a line between them and the government. The people will not continue believing what the government feeds them and simply follow it. I hope that the influence of Shifang will travel around. China will improve little by little.”

It seems that the People's Republic of China couldn't keep its citizens encased in a bubble of silence forever. Great news for the citizens of China!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 6:37 pm
Noted , thanks !!

Monica D (580)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 8:04 pm
It is good that the protesters are speaking out for the environment and social justice. Fundamentally, I think that the world needs changes to the economic system to make it environmentally sustainable and just. I like the ideas of CASSSE at , and I encourage everyone to consider signing the position statement at that site.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 12:20 am
Noted, thanks.

Michael T (82)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 12:37 pm
I agree Suzanne, Knowledge always trumps ignorance. Knowledge is also the Candle in the Dark that lights the way in this Demon Haunted World (kudos to Sagan).

Gene J (290)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 1:34 pm
I have long thought that the internet would be the great equalizer and it seems to be proving out. Nations that can keep their people in the dark as to what is happening elsewhere in the world, what the issues others face are, what people of other nations are doing and working on, can keep their people in virtual slavery. But as information spreads, that totalitarianism begins to fray at the edges. I am SO glad to see this happening in China. The Chinese people are wonderful, it is their government which is horrific, but as is the case with most things, true change comes from within, and so it will in China. It will take a while yet, but they too will join the world community of activists and they'll be welcomed with open arms and open hearts. Dictator's everywhere should take note, because THIS bell is tolling for them.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 2:38 pm
There's a lot of protests there that aren't reported, if anyone goes on youtube, check out chinaforbiddennews, and they cover a lot of it

Naoko i (264)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 3:58 pm
Thanks for posting this, Cal. Just a "correction" regarding the pic. Seems to me that the photo was not of/about China, but the protest against Japanese government's policy towards Korean school in Japan. In the original article, the photo is already removed.

John B (185)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 6:42 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the IPS article by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore. Sounds like a people initiated "cultural revolution". More power to them.
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. (0)
Friday July 13, 2012, 10:47 am
The mere fact the Chinese are protesting in the streets is a big gain. Whether the government will listen or not is another story.
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