» 07/31/2012, 00.00
People's Daily: government should listen to the people
The party's newspaper calls on the country's leaders, especially at the local level, to be more civic minded and listen to people. After Wukan and Shifang, people in Qidong succeed in forcing the authorities to scrap an oil pipeline on environmental grounds. Yet, the regime cannot change its spots. It continues to arrest, a blogger is the latest casualty, and blames the strange death of Li Wangyang (again) on suicide.
Zhejiang, protests against pollution: 30 arrested, 100 sent for re-education
The Chinese government continues to struggle with social unrest caused by pollution and land exploitation. Villagers take to the streets against an industry listed in New York sparking repression.
Human rights in China threatened by local governments' violence
Exploitative working conditions and human rights abuses are feeding social unrest in China. Local authorities are resorting to gangs of thugs to beat up protesters. This phenomenon runs counter to statements coming from Beijing about the need for harmonious development; it is worrisome because it is opening the door to total illegality when it comes to human rights.
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.
Beijing’s relentless repression of internet users, activists and petitioners
The central government pursues its crusade against corruption, but local leaders continue forced expropriations and abuses against residents. Information media are increasingly censored. Social stability remains Beijing’s main concern.
1 October, Premier Wen calls for 'more democracy' for China
On the occasion of celebrations marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister promises more rights for the people and a democracy "with Chinese characteristics." But the government continues to repress human rights and prevent popular participation.
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