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In May, China protests have been on the rise
in Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Beijing, and Shaanxi.
They reflect the public's rising discontent in China.
The parades in Inner Mongolia show that the
aspirations of its people have changed from protecting
their human rights to protecting their homeland.
On May 10, in Xilin Gol League of Inner Mongolia,
two herders from West Ujimqin Banner were
intentionally crushed by coal truck drivers for
protecting their Banner grasslands. This triggered a
protest march on May 27. People of the surrounding
area took to the streets to protect their grasslands
from being mined.
Mongolians from various regions are using the Internet
to organize petitions and parades, scheduled for June 2.
These mass protests reflect the Chinese society's
anger towards the privileged rich, who bully others.
Xilin Gol (resident): "These rich people are
everywhere! They bully people and get away with
their crimes by paying people off! Recently, on two
separate occasions, they killed two people. They then
drove their trucks through the herder's pastures,
destroying them. The perpetrators must pay with their
lives! You cannot get away with murder, no matter
how rich you are!"
Thousands of petitioners from Shanghai came to the
State Council Letters and Visits Office in Beijing, on
May 27, to complain about the local government's
unwillingness to stop the recent demolitions.
Police from both Beijing and Shanghai intercepted
the petitioners and carted them off to rural areas.
The demolitions exposed a giant, ticking time-bomb.
It also reflects the collusion between officials and the
mafia. Shanghainese petitioner, Li Guanrong said,
"To eliminate the ongoing petitions, the Shanghai
municipal government even resorts to hiring thugs
to harass petitioners."
Li Guanrong: "When we first arrived, we saw thugs,
sent by the Shanghai government, waiting for us in
front of the Shanghai Government Office in Beijing.
The Beijing police, aided by these thugs, forced us
onto a bus and dumped us off at some unknown
location in Langfang, which is in Hebei Province.
This incident occurred due to the collusion between
local officials and unscrupulous business people.
On May 24, in Leshan, nearly 600 former workers
of state-owned enterprises, marched on local
government offices to petition and protest against
government frauds and the diminishing regard
for the public's welfare, due to forged documents.
Paper mill and pharmaceutical workers carried
banners saying, "We need to eat; we need to survive.
We want our homeland. Down with corrupt officials!"
On May 3, in Suining, Sichuan, a high school teacher
was severely beaten by seven policemen.
This triggered a 10,000-people parade on May 4.
From May 9 to May 20, about 200 Yuxiang Cab
drivers in Xingping, Shaanxi Province, went on strike
to protest illegal government charges and the
unwelcome competition from many unregistered cabs.
This is the taxi drivers' fifth petition. In April, in
the Shanghai container truck industry, thousands
of people went on strike.
According to incomplete stats, in 2010, there were
66 strikes in almost 30 cities in China.
In June 2010 alone, 17 strikes took place.
Strikes are becoming more and more frequent.
In May 2011, students held banners in parades in
Inner Mongolia, that read "Protect our homeland!"
Thus the focus of these protests has changed from
individual rights to that of "homeland protection."
Rights activist and China Interim Government's
spokesman, Tang Baiqiao, commented,
"The protests, petitions, and strikes should be united,
but not just for protecting individual rights."
NTD reporters Wu Wei and Li Ruolin