October 17, 2005
Tai Shi, a small village, big trial for democracy
Tai Shi, a small village not far from my home in Guangzhou, is the capitial city of Guangdong Province, one of the most developed provinces in southern China. What happened there in recent months is a struggle, by the Chinese people and the Central government leaders, also of the corrupted officials dominating that village.
Things became drastic since last week when a Chinese Legistator Lu Bang LIe and an reporter of the Guardian Benjamin Joffe-Walt who were trying to enter the village, was beaten, and then Joffe-Watt wrote an article just before the deadline on Sunday. This is the link to the original report of his.
Later, the Guardian reporter found out Lu Bang LIe, the legislator, also a pro-democracy activist was not dead, so the editor of the Guardian made an annoucement and correct a few flaws in the original report. This is the link.
If you want to know more about the whole Tai Shi incident, in which villagers were following suggestions of lawyers and legislators (deputies of People's Congress, which is a legilative institution of China according to the Constitution of People's Republic of China), trying to get a corrupted chief of the village out ot office, you can go to this webpage http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050919_1.htm, where you will find what was going on before a western journalist was beaten up.
This article comment on the Joffe-Walt beaten incident, based on the author's own experience as a western journalist covering mainland China.
Posted October 17, 2005 08:24 PM
Fascinating article, really it is, but I don't understand how it fits in our rubric. Perhaps I've been missing something over the past few weeks, but how does this relate to perceptions of the U.S.?
Sorry to be so negative, because I do think it's a decent story to digest, but I think if we admit this content we're straying from o
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