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Chinese Civil War....

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posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 09:42 PM
Well it seems that the unrest in China is getting worse not better. Is it possible that this bunch of rag tag poor peasents could overthrow the Communist Party in China. Well, a group of rag tag poor peasents did it here in the US so why not

A hard rain had fallen most of the night. Xu Juxian, a wiry farmer's wife with straggly black hair, said the downpour leaked copiously into the ragged tents where elderly protesters had been camping for more than two weeks. As a result, recalled Xu, they were all damp, uncomfortable and wide awake in the still hour just before dawn.

So Xu, 79, and the others immediately heard the commotion when dozens of government cars and buses wound into Huaxi beginning at 4:30 a.m. on April 10, carrying an estimated 3,000 policemen and civilians assigned to destroy the tents. To alert people in this gritty farm town that police were pouring in, watchful residents set off fireworks by the hundreds.

By the time dawn broke, up to 20,000 peasants from the half-dozen villages that make up Huaxi township had responded to the alarm, participants recounted, and they were in no mood to bow to authority. For four years, they had been complaining that industrial pollution was poisoning the land, stunting the crops and fouling the water in their fertile valley surrounded by forested hills 120 miles south of Hangzhou. And now their protest -- blocking the entrance to an industrial park -- was being put down by force.

A pitched battle erupted that soggy morning between enraged farmers and badly outnumbered police. By the end of the day, high-ranking officials had fled in their black sedans and hundreds of policemen had scattered in panic while farmers destroyed their vehicles. It was a rare triumph for the peasants, rising up against the all-powerful Communist Party government.

The confrontation was also a glimpse of a gathering force that could help shape the future of China: the power of spontaneous mass protest. Peasants and workers left behind by China's economic boom increasingly have resorted to the kind of unrest that ignited in Huaxi. Their explosions of anger have become a potential source of instability and a threat to the party's monopoly on power that has leaders in Beijing worried. By some accounts, there have been thousands of such protests a year, often met with force.


And it has happened before

[edit on 14-6-2005 by BlackJackal]

posted on Jun, 16 2005 @ 06:06 AM
This looks more like the problems that face a society reaching industrial maturity. The same things happened in England in the 19th century and there was no civil war here.

posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 09:14 PM
Personally I don't think it will come to outright civil war. But this is symptomatic of the growing problems the PRC is having in regards to
the distribution of wealth throughout their society as well as the increasing
environmental costs of rapid industrialization. China's culture is also changing when you go to the cities you see McDonalds, Starbucks, and
CocaCola and everything else that comes along with wealth and affluence.
The people who run the PRC are going to have to make some tough decisions on how to open up their society. The changes in China's society
are rapidly creating two different China's. A wealthy urban upper class living in tall buildings drinking champaigne while by far the majority live in either urban slums trying to make a living in sweatshops for a pitence or possibly even worse an impoverished and polluted countryside that can barely support subsistence farming. Looking back a hundred years you truely realize the more thimgs change the more they remain the same.


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