China, A Lot To Be Angry About

From The Economist:

Polluted, poisonous and immune to popular efforts to enforce a clean-up: Tai Lake is a metaphor for the state of China’s politics.

The plain-clothes are always there, watching Xu Jiehua. When she goes out, two of them follow by motorcycle. Sometimes an unmarked car joins them, tailing her closely on the narrow winding past the factories and wheat fields around her village.

Ms Xu is used to the attention. Her husband, Wu Lihong, was arrested in April last year and sentenced four months later to three years in for and . For her, the police is proof that the charges were false, and that Mr Wu’s only crime was to anger local officials with his tireless campaigning against around nearby Tai Lake, China’s third-biggest freshwater body. It is also a warning that she too should keep quiet.

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