August 22, 2008

China: still one of the worst places in the world

Did you know that no one is protesting at the Olympics because all their grievances have been addressed? It's true!

Some political analysts say the police may be refusing to enforce the government’s order, announced last month, to allow protest zones. Chinese lawyers and human rights advocates also suggested a more cynical motivation — that the authorities were using the possibility of legal demonstrations as a ploy to lure restive citizens into declaring their intention to protest, allowing the police to take action against them.

...[W]ith four days left before the closing ceremony, the authorities acknowledge that they have yet to allow a single protest. They claim that most of the people who filed applications had their grievances addressed, obviating the need for a public expression of discontent.

...Officials say that they received 77 protest applications but that nearly all of them were dropped after the complaints were “properly addressed by relevant authorities or departments through consultations.”

So that all worked out! Well, maybe except for the two elderly women sentenced to re-education through forced labor (since I'm pretty sure their complaint was not "We're not getting enough exercise").

Posted by Francis at 11:53 AM

Both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union fell 9 years after hosting an Olympiad. The People's Republic of China will cease to exist in 2017. And even if it doesn't, it should.

I'm making a mental note, in the unlikely event I should become an evil overlord, of not hosting an Olympiad in my domain, unless, of course, I'm ready to move on to something else 9 years down the road.

Posted by: Douglas at August 25, 2008 12:31 AM

Have you been to China, do you know China, you have so big prejudice to China, I can not agree with you ideas, just come here and see our life.

Posted by: Hougangming at August 11, 2009 11:38 PM

I think Hougangming actually agrees with me but is using a special secret code so that he doesn't end up being jailed as a dissident.

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