Analysis: Anger rages in Sichuan

From Asia Times, Li Yongyan wrote: “While Mao Zedong executed an occasional protester at public meetings and Deng Xiaoping ordered the Tiananmen students dispersed and killed with machine-guns, all President Hu does now is offer appeasement. And that represents weakness in the eyes of opportunists ready to seize on any perceived failing. Beijing is not what it used to be and finally vulnerabilities are showing.

Dr Sun Yat-sen, widely regarded as the father of the Republic of China that succeeded the Qing Dynasty, was thankful for the uprising in Sichuan. He said, “Without the rebellion by Sichuan comrades, our revolution may have been postponed by a year or two.”

Now the question is, by how many years have these two recent incidents of popular unrest advanced another drastic change? ”

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