Unrest in China, Waiting for a spark.

Two massive explosions in August 2015 in the port of Tianjin, northern China, killed more than a hundred people, left hundreds more injured and devastated large areas of the city.

People in the Chinese city of Tianjin whose homes were damaged by the huge explosions on 12 August 2015 have staged protests to demand compensation from the government.
Scores gathered outside the Mayfair Hotel, where officials have been giving news conferences.
Residents say the chemical storage warehouses which blew up had been built illegally close to their homes.

China blocks almost all US social media. Facebook, twitter, google. The chinese use VPN bypasses to get outside news.

July 2016, as many as 225 people have been killed or missing in heavy torrential rain and floods in China as thousands of angry residents took to the streets over late disaster warning and ineffective rescue efforts. Local authorities have evacuated nearly 3.10 lakh people due to rainstorms this week that have flattened homes and caused huge economic losses.

The toll in heavy rains this week mounted to 105 people dead and 104 others listed missing in north China’s Hubei Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Crop damage, house collapse

Flooding and rain-triggered landslips have caused the collapse of more than 52,000 houses and damage to 1.60 lakh houses. Over seven lakh hectares of crops have also been destroyed, leading to direct economic losses of over 15 billion yuan (USD 2.2 billion), the report said.

The worst-hit area was reported to be Xingtai city where at least 25 people were killed and another 13 missing, including children, after which people took to the streets to protest over inadequate rescue efforts.

The news of heavy casualties in Xingtai, just 400 kms south of Beijing, only began emerging over the past 24 hours when thousands of local residents took to streets to protest against the allegedly late disaster warning and ineffective rescue efforts, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.

The Chinese government had meetings to discuss how to control the protests. this is the deepest fear is that these protests gain momentum like Egypt, Syria, and other countries.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have formally arrested the former head of a rebel village government, amid ongoing protests over a bitter land dispute in the coastal village of Wukan.

Lin Zuluan, who was detained amid renewed protests last month, has been formally arrested on suspicion of “accepting bribes,” according to an online statement by the Shanwei municipal government, which oversees Wukan but was sidelined by provincial authorities in the resolution of 2011 clashes in the village.

“Lin Zuluan has been formally arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, and investigations continue,” the statement said.

Prosecutors have accused Lin of pocketing a large sum of money through contracting village infrastructure projects, and he has “confessed” on local television.

But local people remember earlier clashes in 2011, when Lin directed a series of nonviolent protests over the mass selloff of land by his predecessor Xue Chang, during which protester Xue Jinbo died in police custody, igniting mass displays of public mourning that further kindled public anger.

“Every day, about 5,000 or 6,000 people march through the streets to demand justice for party secretary Lin,” a Wukan resident surnamed Zhang told RFA on Friday. “They gather every day at about 5.00 p.m. outside the village government offices.”

“Lin was framed,” Zhang said. “We will keep doing this until they let him go. All of the villagers are behind him.”

He said police hadn’t yet tried to stop the protests, but were patrolling the village on a daily basis, watching the proceedings.

China’s millions of migrant workers are bearing the brunt of the country’s ongoing economic slowdown as strikes and worker protests reach record levels, new statistics reveal.

According to the most recent annual report from China’s National Bureau of Statistics, more than 2.7 million migrant workers — around 1% of the total — weren’t paid on time last year, the highest number in five years.
In the same period, China saw more than 2,700 strikes and protests, more than double the number the year before, according to China Labor Bulletin (CLB), a Hong Kong-based rights monitor.
As the country marks International Workers’ Day on May 1, the number of strikes and protests this year has already passed a thousand, and looks set to climb much higher. The government has announced plans to cut more than 1.8 million jobs in state-run coal and steel industries.
Private employers have also been laying off workers as the country’s economic growth slows to its lowest rate in years.

 

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