Shanghai Stops Maglev Protests, but Smaller Forms of Protest Go On

Seems public grumblings continue amongst the displaced and dissatisfied at the epicenter of China’s growth, from Peijin Chen at Shanghaiist:

A group of Shanghai residents who had applied to the government for the right to hold an anti-maglev protest were rejected by the government. Despite this, small numbers of them intended to go on another “walk” in order to publicly air their grievances. This time, they were stopped by some other residents…

On the other hand, while we were out yesterday afternoon we did notice some “protest banners” up at 612 Nanjing Xi Lu, near all those ritzy shopping centers. The residents of the small lane complain that the unabated construction that has left them hemmed in by towering office and commercial buildings has adversely affected the physical structure of their homes.

Perhaps most interesting, both the maglev and Nanjing Lu protests have grown out of what Peijin calls a larger homeowners movement, which itself appears to take inspiration from the highly-publicized Xiamen PX protests of last year.

March 2, 2008 9:41 PM
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