For China masses, an increasingly short fuse
From The New York Times, via International Herald Tribune, Joseph Kahn wrote:
“China does not have a Polish-style Solidarity movement. Protests may be so numerous in part because they are small, localized expressions of discontent over layoffs, land seizures, use of natural resources, ethnic tensions, misspent state funds, forced immigration, unpaid wages or police killings. They rarely last longer than a day or two.
Yet several mass protests, like the one in Wanzhou, show how people with different causes can seize an opportunity to press their grievances together. The police recently arrested several advocates of peasant rights suspected of helping to coordinate protest activities nationally. Those are worrying signs for the one-party state, reflexively wary of even the hint of organized opposition.”