Prologue — Chinese Regime Bans Special Offer Label
Multiple government agencies jointly issued a document,
banning government agencies from using “special offer" label.
Officials said this move was to combat illegal uses for profit.
However, many netizens criticized this move calling it
“a name changing game”.
They believe that not using the label does not mean
the special offer is no longer available.
One said ironically, “Be in an underground gang, tear the
label off and then make a special offer.”
One netizen commented:
“Special offer exists with or without a label.”
One laughs at it, “For all up-coming special offers, use other
labels instead, but make sure that no one knows about it.”
Over Half Of China’s Rivers Disappear Due To Exploitation
British Times newspaper reported that in the past 20 years,
more than half of rivers with a drainage area above 38 square
have disappeared in China, mainly due to over-exploitation.
The report used data recently published by Chinese officials.
The number of rivers with more than 38 square miles are now
about 22,000, 28,000 fewer rivers than in the 1990’s.
However, officials claimed the number of rivers has reduced
mainly due to climate change and prior inaccurate investigation.
Environmental experts say that the disappearance of rivers
results from over-exploitation and lack of public consultation.
According to the report, Ma Jun, director of Beijing Institute
of Public Environmental Affairs, believed different survey
methods may lead to different data, but a substantial reduction
in the number of rivers is an indisputable fact.
Ongoing exploitation of the river resources includes exploitation
of groundwater, destruction of the environment, and deforestation
Ma believes that projects similar to the Three Gorges Dam
are also one of the reasons.
The Times commented that environmental pollution has replaced
land disputes in the past, making the Chinese people very angry.
Guizhou: Two Thousand Villagers Meet Violent Suppression
On March 27th and 28th two thousand villagers from Kaiyuan
County, Guizhou, surrounded the local government building.
They were protesting against forced land acquisition at low
prices and embezzlement committed by officials.
On March 28th authorities mobilized more than a thousand
armed police to clear the site.
Many villagers were arrested and quite a few were injured.
According to the “Jasmine Revolution" website,
the Kaiyang government supports the Kailin Group in
building a huge phosphorus ammonia industrial Park.
In 2005, the government tried to pay 28,000 yuan per person
and to acquire over a thousand acres of land from five villages.
But villagers protested against it many times.
Local authorities also ordered police to suppress them.
Many villagers were arrested, sentenced and quite
a few were injured.
Two Thousand Workers Strike At Dalian Shipyard
On March 29th about 2,000 workers went on strike.
They were workers from the Korean STX Dalian
Shipyard–ranked fourth in the world.
Workers gathered in front of the Changxing Island
Economic and Technological Development Zone, protesting against factory wage arrears.
Protestors carried banners like “Prohibit the STX transfer assets"
“Safeguard the interests of the migrant workers" and “Give me
my hard-earned money,” They blocked streets for several hours.
Authorities sent a large number of police, but in the end, factory
leaders promised to fight for fairness, and workers dispersed.