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Mysterious death in Hubei province sparks mass protests

Up to 70,000 in clashes with security forces

Published in Chinaworker, July 13, 2009

The June 17 death of Tu Yuangao, a 24 year old chef at the Yunglong Hotel in Shishou, Hubei Province, sparked several days of protests involving up to 70,000 people and what essentially amounted to an occupation of the city. Shishou is a city of 620,000. According to the June 23 issue of the online French magazine “The Observers” Shishou residents have been enraged over the suspicious death of Tu. This sparked three days of unrest, creating what has been called the most serious mass incident since the Weng’an ,Guizhou rioting in 2008 involving up to 50,000 people. 
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Chongqing’s deadly landslide – end privatisations, start workers’ democratic control!

Published in Chinaworker, April, 2009

A massive landslide 140 kilometres southeast of Chongqing buried an iron mine in Tiekuang township in Wulong County, Friday, 5 June. According to China Daily, 63 people were still unnaccounted for, feared dead, as the rescue operation entered its sixth day. Continue reading

China’s number two anti-corruption official arrested for corruption

Investigations into arrested GOME billionaire pull down top officials in Guangdong, Zhejiang and central government

Published in Chinaworker, May 6, 2009

China’s “richest man”

Power struggle in Guangdong?

 

China’s number two anti-corruption official arrested for corruption
Wednesday, 6 May 2009.
Investigations into arrested GOME billionaire pull down top officials in Guangdong, Zhejiang and central government

According to a South China Morning Post and the mainland’s Caijiing Magazine website, the top anti-corruption watchdog for Zejiang Province and most recently party boss of Guangdong,Wang Huayuan, was arrested along with other high ranking figures in the national and local security apparatus in investigations connected with the case against Huang Guang Yu, chairman of Gome Electrical Appliance Holdings, the mainland’s largest retailer of electrical appliances. In the tradition of China’s corrupt political-business elite, when pressure was put on Huang he “squealed”, implicationg a wide number of well placed security and political leaders. Continue reading

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