Weng’an riot

Word of the Week: Push-ups

俯臥撐 (fǔwòchēng): (do) push-ups This exercise took on new meaning in 2008 when police claimed the...

China Jails Rioters, Criticises Officials

Six rioters in the June mass incident over a teenage girl’s death in Guizhou have been jailed by state officials. Many others are still detained and are waiting for their sentences. In addition, the local government has...

China Civil Society Report: Mass Incidents in China

The Nautilus Institute has published a report on social unrest in China, which discusses several recent incidents: We can identify several common characteristics in these incidents: first, they were all caused by accidents,...

The Weng’an Model: China’s Fix-it Governance

Written by Li Datong (李大同), former editor of Bingdian (Freezing Point), from openDemocracy: constant feature of the extraordinary social flux of contemporary China is the occurrence of serious clashes between the public and the...

Citizen Journalists Challenge Beijing

From The National: Chinese authorities and the country’s bloggers are waging an online battle over push-ups. This is no pre-Olympic fitness craze, but attempts by the government to keep a lid on dissent. Push-ups are what two...

Lessons in Media Management from Weng’an

While officials in the Guizhou town of Weng’an let rioters run rampant in major protests over the death of a local girl earlier this month, they appear to be doing quite a good job keeping journalists under control. ESWN...

Bao Tong: The Truth about China and the Olympic Games

Written by Bao Tong (鲍彤), former Director of the Office of Political Reform of the CCP Central Committee and Secretary to Zhao Ziyang, from AsiaNews: The Beijing Olympics are a great opportunity for China to show off its...

China Detains 100 in Connection with Weng’an Riot

From Reuters: Police in southwest China have detained 100 people, including 39 gang members, for their roles in a riot last month that saw the torching of government buildings and official cars, state media said on Monday. The...

Rumors and Riots

Written by Minxin Pei, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, from the International Herald Tribune: First, local Chinese authorities have repeatedly demonstrated their incompetence in handling...

Netizens’ Anger and Wit Against Online Censorship

Over the past two weeks, information and comments about the Weng’an riot have dominated Chinese chatrooms and blogosphere. The Xinhua news agency quickly put out its official version of the story, and while reporters from...

Chinese Bloggers Score a Victory Against the Government

From Wall Street Journal: Aggressive Chinese bloggers make an art of challenging Chinese government propaganda. This week, they can claim a victory. On Friday, Chinese authorities announced that four Communist Party, local...

Guizhou Riot Was Comprehensive Attack on CCP

BBC Newsnight editor Paul Mason writes on his blog: I have just been sent an excerpt of what my colleagues in BBC Monitoring have gleaned today from Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency…. “1600 on 28 June, the...

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