December 12, 2005

Economic Violence - Riots in Dongzhou

DONGZHOU, GUANGDONG DECEMBER 7-9, 2005 — When is police action acceptable? And if that action leads to a government firing guns at its own people does that represent a threshold that governing authorities dare cross at the risk of a popular uprising?

American guns in the hands of city, state, and federal police, National Guardsmen, and military troops have shot at American crowds throughout its history.

The most recent direct comparison to the police action last week in China is the so-called "Memorial Day Massacre" of 1937 outside Chicago.

A large group of steelworkers on strike marched to a steel mill and confronted police. The police claimed self-defense against the mob and fired on the crowd. Five protesters died at the scene and as many more afterward. Most were shot in the back as they ran from the police.

The last time a protest led to government gunfire in the USA was at Kent State University in 1970 when jittery National Guardsmen fired on university students after three days of protest against the Vietnam war.

Last week, overwhelmed provincial police of Shanwei county, Guangdong, fired their guns at protesters, mostly rural residents of Dongzhou village shortchanged by local officials in a pay out for land taken in eminent domain for a power plant. The villagers began their protest in late October.

Read the FULL ARTICLE at Sinomania!

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