» 03/24/2009, 00.00
Pay raise of 50% for Chinese soldiers
The large increase is believed to be a reward for the army's hard work in 2008 in ensuring security for the Olympics, helping earthquake victims in Sichuan, and handling the protests in Tibet. For the government, it is important to support the morale of the troops, who are increasingly being sent to repress social protests.
Jia Qinling: Maintaining order and social stability in Tibet
The Political Consultative Conference is underway, and the National People's Congress meets in two days. The Chinese leader calls for maintaining the "harmonious society," urging that workers not be fired and their pay not be withheld in the face of a deepening economic crisis. Repression of the Tibetans has been approved. Beijing is under tighter police control than it was during the Olympics.
More troops to quash Hunan protests
The violent clashes which led to the death of a student were born out of protests against the increase in public transport costs. Soldiers are drafted from Guangzhou, to contol the area.
In prison for defending victims of earthquake in Sichuan
The activist Huang Qi has been under arrest for two months, after protecting the parents of the students who died under the collapsed schools. But with the inauguration of the Olympics, all are expressing their solidarity with the victims of the earthquake.
Repression continues: four years in prison for defending the rights of the dispossessed
The lawyer Liu Yao is accused of "fomenting violence", but responds that he only did his job, and that the evidence of alleged damage is "false". Meanwhile, a teacher is going to forced labor for one year, with no trial or appeal, for photographing the collapsed schools in Sichuan and putting the images on the web.
Beijing gets a blue sky, demonstrators get beaten and activists get arrested
Beijing welcomes foreign athletes under a blue sky. Police stop demonstrators from talking to journalists. A pro-democracy activist is reported arrested by police. Journalists must make a “reservation” if they want to cover Tiananmen Square. Torch relay reaches a devastated Sichuan where there is no electricity.
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