Reporting Protests in Rural China – James Reynolds

From BBC News:

In a one-party state, made up of more than a billion people, there is an awful lot to hide.

On any given day in China there may be 200 different protests. Most take place in the countryside, where many feel left behind by China’s economic boom. But the Chinese state works hard to make sure that these demonstrations are kept well out of sight.

This week, though, there was an exception. People in the town of Zhushan, near the city of , in central China’s Hunan province, burned buses in a protest against a rise in bus fares.

Riot police were sent in to take control. A camera crew managed to film and broadcast pictures of the aftermath. We wanted to go and have a look for ourselves.[Full Text]

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