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[Inaccuracy in BBC report?] Henan riot: China anger after drunk police accident [BBC]

No longer another brick in the wall: Some more evidence the Chinese people are more and more unwilling to tolerate social inequity in the name of collective growth.

This report from the BBC claims that because China’s official media is wary of reporting social unrest it did not mention the disturbances, which perplexed me as it is not entirely accurate.

Here’s the official Xinhua report in question – ‘The accident has triggered a public outcry on Weibo.com, China’s popular Twitter-like microblogging service, after pictures posted on the site showed gruesome scenes in the aftermath of the crash.’ The ruling party has been keen to demonstrate its legitimacy to rule an increasingly knowledgable populace.  They have little qualm exposing and making an example of most breaches of its 52 unacceptable practices publicly and firmly, though some argue this rule does not apply to the highest echelons.

Other sources: From the Associated Press – China cop accused of crashing police van while drunk, killing 5; crowds smash cars in protest (Washinton Post / AP, October 31, 2011) and Chinese cop accused of drunken crash (Sydney Morning Herald / AP, October 31, 2011)

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Henan riot: China anger after drunk police accident
Source – BBC, published October 30, 2011

There have been violent protests in the central Chinese province of Henan after a policeman suspected of drunk driving crashed his car and killed five people.

According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, the policeman was arrested after his car hit two lamp posts, which fell on top of people.

Witnesses and local reports said a crowd stopped the police taking away bodies, damaging and flipping hearses and a police van.

Protests are on the rise in China.

Earlier this week there were two days of disturbances in Zhejiang province, in eastern China, after protests escalated over taxes.

Analysts say the protests – or “mass incidents” as Chinese officials call them – are often fuelled by anger at officials and corruption.

There have also been several incidents involving figures in authority who have harmed ordinary people and appeared to get away with it.

Following the latest incident, which took place in the county of Runan, Chinese bloggers circulated pictures appearing to show the police car and aftermath of the protests.

The BBC was not able to verify the images.

China’s official media, which is wary of reporting social unrest, did not mention the disturbances.


Filed under: 52 Unacceptable Practices, BBC, Censorship, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Corruption, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Human Rights, Mapping Feelings, Media, People, Politics, Population, Reform, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

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