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Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 22:23
by sanjaykumar
Far from being a harmonious, Confucian society, Red China is fractious, violent, repressive, with deep ethnic, linguistic and economic fault lines.

The state has begun to believe its own narrative of an orderly, cooperative social structure. The aim of this thread is to act as a repository of the reality that is Red China in terms of dissent.

Abductions of one of Red China's most powerful businessmen in Hong Kong ... t_in_China

Visitors from China’s mainland have repeatedly been the target of angry protests by Hong Kong natives who have sometimes denounced them with the kind of epithets more familiar in societies deeply divided by race – words such as “pestilence”, “vermin” and “hordes”. Many Hong Kong natives frown at the supposedly coarse behaviour of members of the newly minted Chinese middle class, who they accuse of spitting in public, jay-walking and letting infants relieve themselves in the street. But for these visiting Chinese, Hong Kong is no longer so much a place to marvel over as it is a confirmation of their own society’s arrival. More and more, in fact, it looks like the places they’ve come from.

“They have very complicated attitudes to Hong Kong people – a complex,” said a man in his late 20s who works in corporate relations for a small manufacturer, explaining his support for tighter restrictions on tourism from the mainland. “They say that Hong Kong people are really just Chinese people, and nothing special. Hong Kong people in the 70s and 80s invested a lot of money in places like Shenzhen, and behaved like tycoons. They say you bought prostitutes there. Now we are rich, and it is the Hong Kong people’s turn to be our slaves. When Chinese people come to Hong Kong now, they like to act like they are operating in their colony. They don’t care what you think and are very free, because they have the Chinese government behind them, and the Chinese government controls everything.”

Increasing repression in Hong Kong ... high-price

Bound by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s decision on oath-taking etiquettes, the Hong Kong High Court ruled to unseat four democratically-elected opposition lawmakers, including Nathan Law, the youngest person ever to be elected to the legislature. The only infraction the four ever committed was straying from their oaths during the swearing-in ceremony to voice their desire for their city to democratise.

But Beijing’s tightening grip comes at a cost. In Hong Kong, Liu’s death has rekindled an anti-mainland sentiment that has been smouldering for years. To the seven million citizens who watched Liu’s slow death in equal parts horror and grief, any remaining pretence that modern China is a benevolent paternal state that has moved beyond a brutal response to political debate has been shattered once and for all. And all current and future attempts by Beijing to win over Hong Kong people, especially the younger generations, are doomed to fail. The indelible images of a skin-and-bone dissident on his deathbed or of that famous empty chair in the Oslo City Hall have been seared into their collective mind. China has lost Hong Kong forever. ... parliament

Law makers disqualified in Hong Kong

Thousands of supporters later gathered outside Hong Kong’s legislature, attending a hastily organised rally where pro-democracy MPs gave speeches.

“From today on we cannot continue with business as usual, we must fight!” said lawmaker Fernando Cheung, standing in solidarity with his disqualified colleagues.

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 22:26
by sanjaykumar
This is the treatment meted out to a Nobel peace prize winner, only the second to die in detention. Good company with the Nazis who killed the first in prison. ... to-beijing

“We’re here to tell [Chinese president] Xi Jinping that Hong Kong people will continue to fight in the spirit of Liu Xiaobo,” Lee said. “The way the funeral was controlled by the Communist party, it’s very sad to say that Liu Xiaobo cannot be free even in death. But now we must free Liu Xia, because she has already suffered so much.”

Liu Xiaobo: dissident's friends angry after hastily arranged sea burial

In China, many do not even know Liu’s name, the result of a massive government censorship campaign that has scrubbed nearly all messages of support from Chinese websites and social media. Mass rallies are extremely rare, with police quick to break up even small gatherings.

“The Beijing regime is so callous, they don’t care what anyone thinks and their treatment of Liu Xiaobo proves that,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker. “We need to show Beijing and the rest of the world that Hong Kong people will not be silent in the face of injustice.”

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 22:47
by sanjaykumar
As a general introduction to Chinese dissidence, Wikipedia has a useful page, ... t_in_China.

The aim of this repository is to document current or contemporary disorder in the most harmonious middle kingdom

For your edification, Kazakhs are a recognised minority.

Last month, a group of state scientists and other scholars (in Kazakhstan) hit out at the "persecution" of ethnic Kazakhs by Chinese authorities, and called on Astana to put pressure on Beijing.

Residents of Kazakhstan have complained they are being prevented from seeing their families after Chinese authorities began confiscating the passports and residence permits of ethnic minority Kazakhs whose family members live across the border.

Some 200,000 Kazakhs who hold Chinese passports and permanent residence cards for Kazakhstan were told to hand in their Kazakhstan-issued residency cards to Chinese police "for safekeeping," although sources later said officials in some parts of Xinjiang were rapidly backpedaling on the policy and working round the clock to send Kazakh green cards and passports back to their owners.

In a related development, Chinese police recently issued warrants for the arrest of some 200 Chinese nationals who follow prominent Kazakhstan blogger and podcaster Jarkan 7 on social media, sources in Kazakhstan told RFA this week.

Chinese state hospitality for Kazakhs. ... 13623.html

An ethnic minority Kazakh imam has died in police custody in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, with authorities attributing the cause of death to "suicide," sources in the region told RFA.

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 22:59
by sanjaykumar

Recently in the Red China renegade province of Taiwan, workers read from the Little Red Book

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 19 Jul 2017 06:09
by sanjaykumar
May explain Ulan Batori's recent absence ... 14516.html

An ethnic Mongolian herder jailed two years ago by Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia has been released from prison to be met by dozens of cheering supporters.

Nairalt Borjigin, who hails from Baayanunduur Som in Inner Mongolia's Ar-Horchin Banner [a county-like division], was jailed 25 months ago for his role in protests protecting the herders' traditional grazing lands from development.

In a speech widely circulated and translated into English by the New York-based Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), Nairalt Borjigin said many herding communities now face annihilation amid severe drought in the region and dwindling access to grasslands.

"With a heartfelt understanding of the enormous hardships our fellow herders are facing today, I firmly believe that each and every one of you here today represents hundreds more courageous herders in your respective communities," he said.

His speech voiced widespread anger and frustration among herders who have continually reported being forced off their land by Chinese companies, local government policies to save the grasslands from overgrazing, and illegal land grabs by incoming Han Chinese migrants encouraged to move to the region from elsewhere in China.

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 20 Jul 2017 19:44
by sanjaykumar

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 03 Oct 2017 17:53
by AdityaM
Gujarati man covers 14 countries, 21,000kms, using only public transport

"China has imposed several restrictions on foreign tourists in Tibet. Tourists are not allowed to talk to locals about politics, they cannot use public transportation. Vehicles permitted to transport tourists have cameras installed. One part of Tibet is covered with skyscrapers and its culture is dying a slow death. It was shocking to see such heavy traffic jams in the once beautiful and peaceful Tibet"

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 03 Oct 2017 19:43
by shiv
To understand limitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping read

Re: Political and Social Dissent in Red China

Posted: 24 Oct 2017 20:16
by ramana
The Chinese party session that ended last week has put an end to the dissent that Xi Jinping was facing.
Now he has been elevated to the level of the former duo: Mao and Deng.