Monday, December 12, 2005

Chinese government kills 20 protesters

As many as 20 Chinese protesters were killed last week after taking to the streets to protest the amount of money offered by the government as compensation for their land, which is being taken to construct a wind power plant.

The scariest part of this is that the death toll could be dramatically higher, but because of China's Communist Party media stronghold, any and all information about these events has been suppressed. The government has even offered (a nice way of putting it) compensation for the victim's families, ONLY if they turn over their loved ones' corpses, a deliberate attempt by the Chinese govt. to reduce the body count and cover up the story.

There are some more terrorizing details other than the ones listed above, so for more information, check out Truthout's report on the story:

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/121005F.shtml

And just as an aside, the picture to the right is from my trip to China this August. It's taken in Beijing's famous Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese government killed hundreds (probably thousands) of students in 1989 after heated social protests garnered world-wide media attention. This is what most Westerners think of when we think of Tiananmen Square, yet not surprisingly, ALL Chinese pamphlets, brochures, and books written about Tiananmen Square contained no mention of the 1989 revolts. In fact, not even our tour guide mentioned '89 to us. It was as if it never happened. And you wouldn't believe how long the line of Chinese villagers (made up of mostly Communists) was to mourn General Mao's embalmed body.

Longer than the line of Westerners (made up of mostly Christians) waiting to mourn Pope John Paul II's tomb at the Vatican in July. I'll let you draw your own inferences on this one.

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