posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 09:54 PM
Interesting article, and it does pose some interesting insights - both positive and negative.
As the OP suggests though, I think the very fact it is being reported and discussed in the Chinese media is great. It is certainly not the first time
people have become irrate from the behaviour of police, nor will it be the last - but it is not exactly something that is endemic to China, nor is it
really prevalent as such.
These police will be punished, rightly so. But on the other side, they were guarding a political building, as they do in every country - and as in
every country - their job is to to stop people without appointments, demonstrators, and people wanting to storm the building. I have a feeling there
may be another side to the story too, given the air of attitude some people linked to power have in China, and she may have just tried to waltz in
without explanation (why should she need to give explanation to those considered beneath her, when her husband has more power than the police), and
got a bit toey when subdued. Her explanations probably came too late, with screams, anger and tears...who knows. But I refuse to believe a wife of a
high official would be beaten for no reason if she was polite, went in and explained she was the wife of so and so. If there was any question to her
story, a quick phone call would have solved everything.
I bet she waltzed in with an air of arrogance and explained nothing, resisted someone putting her hand on her to stop her etc. This could well happen
in just about any country with senior pollys. Hell, you'd probably get shot in some countries if you tried to storm senior political headquarters.
Anyway, as expat888 says, China is definitely changing - the police are fine, and to attract any attention you seriously have to be doing something
wrong. Corruption is still a problem at local levels, but they are really working on it - officially they have the death penalty for excepting bribes
for as little as RMB100k (or about $15k), though that's just on paper and would unlikely to ever happen.
I'd be way more concerned at all the fast emerging police-state rules and regulations in some western countries over this particular incident anyway.