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The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread around the world in recent days.
Wenzhou , a small coastal town 300 miles southeast of Shanghai , is home to a booming export market of cheap goods such as lighters, sex toys, eyeglass frames and fake Gucci bags. For years, the town has been known for its ambitious entrepreneurs. In 1979, the Chinese government granted Zhang Huamei a business license, making her China’s first, post-Cultural Revolution government-approved entrepreneur.
REPORTING FROM BEIJING -- On Oct. 6, Occupy Wall Street inspired some little-noticed sympathy in Zhengzhou, a city in central China's Henan province, when hundreds of pensioners and Communist Party members gathered to express their solidarity with the movement.
The following news were once on majority of the Chinese mainstream news sites, most of them now have removed it. But it can still be found on various forums where Internet users have reposted it there.
[ This statement, translated by the worthies of the China Study Group , is extremely important. It has been signed by a crew of intellectuals and activists in China, many of whom are left critics of the Chinese state and its capitalist economy. Its analysis of the economic roots of the crisis and the connection to politics is trenchant and goes much deeper than denunciations of corporate greed by themselves can. But more important is what it teaches us about the global importance of the movement that started less than three weeks ago.
China’s state-controlled media seem to enjoy giving a good lecture—particularly when the target is a meddlesome Western government that gives its own sermons on China’s human rights record. So when the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests laid bare American disaffection with the country’s imbalanced financial system, China’s official press blasted U.S. reporters for failing to cover the movement adequately. On Oct. 14, the Xinhua News Agency, Beijing’s mouthpiece, published an English-language opinion piece: What strikes us as odd is that the muckraking-crazy US media seem to have lost their sensitive news nose amid the spreading protests descending on their own soil. Mainstream American media of [sic] either turn a completely blind eye or try to play down the mass unrest storming their own streets. This is just in a violent contrast with their eagerness to hype up the mass events of such kind, of course, if they all occurred in other countries.
According to a Chinese joke, there are three parts to any newscast on the official Central China Television station. The message in the first block of stories on each night's news is: Your leaders worked hard today. This is proven with eye-glazing footage of President Hu Jintao and other top Communist Party officials meeting foreign dignitaries, ordinary Chinese people and each other. For those still awake when the second block of stories airs, the theme is: The Chinese people are happy.
Manifesto from China: Support Occupy Wall Street Details Category: Occupy
So far the powers that be in China have clamped down on elements that would spark a version of the Arab Spring from happening in their own country. As this story shows however, there are cracks that are beginning to form in the authoritarian control structure. Villagers in Wukan are fighting to prevent the government from handing their land over to developers. By December, as with many land-rights struggles in the Global South, direct action was apparently the only leverage villagers had to push back against the local government.
As the Occupy Wall Street movement goes global, China’s call for calm observation and reflection may have been followed by another round of censorship in cyberspace.
Income inequality, a feeling of disenfranchisement, and a sense of injustice are fueling popular curiosity about the movement, in which a number of Chinese see parallels with their own complaints against their government
Editor’s Note : A village in southern China has become the epicentre for one of the most severe challenges to the leadership of the Communist Party of China in recent years. The protests, which began as pushback against ‘land grab’ by local officials of the Communist Party, have escalated in recent days, with the villagers hounding out local officials, occupying the government offices and forming their own administration. This poses a direct challenge to the authority of the Communist Party, and from all accounts, the authorities, who had initially blockaded the village, may now be preparing for a crackdown. By B Raman The Chinese leadership has been unnerved by the persisting and spreading protest of the people of Wukan, a fishing village with a population of about 13,000 in Guangdong province in southern China. Significantly, the Chinese economic miracle started in Guangdong province in the 1990s,and it has always been projected as the “showcase” province of China.