There appears to have been a clash involving riot police in Huizhou. I will provide these images and early hearsay reports, but I want to remind everyone: be careful with any unconfirmed reports. As the Weng'an riots proved, rumors are not only often wrong, they are also potentially very dangerous. As soon as we have credible media reports (and I expect that we will), I will … [Read more...] about Images from a mass incident in Huizhou
David Peng made a prediction in his blog An Anachronist's Life on July 1st, thee days after the Weng'An riot: ... I predict, the "Hu Jintao style" government response [which emphasises on proactive reporting the news and guiding the public discussion/opinion in order to restore/maintain stability] is going to be followed by acts in the "organizing department style" , that the … [Read more...] about Heads roll (figuratively) in the Weng'An riot aftermath
The central government did many things right in response to the Weng'an riots. Beijing's campaign to treat "sudden incidents" with more openness was also obvious; a full news conference revealing the government's version less than 2 days after the riot is pretty unheard of by Chinese standards. Reporters from around the country and world flooded into Guizhou without … [Read more...] about Weng'an Riots: How the state media hurts China
These petitions were scanned in by blogger-journalist Zoula (连接). Much thanks to werew for bringing it to our attention (see previous thread). The first petition is shortly after the girl's death, and the second petition comes two days later after the family and public security clashes. (Written on June 23rd) To the Weng'An (Wengan) Public Security Ministry: Applicant: Li … [Read more...] about Weng'An riots: The family's petition
In the aftermath of the Weng'An (Wengan) riots, most newspapers are running with Xinhua's short three paragraph report on the issue. I believe in keeping with recent trends, we will hear a much more detailed analysis and explanation from Xinhua shortly. In the mean time, there have been several online editorials from various newspapers, in some cases perhaps bending official … [Read more...] about The Weng'An Riots: "How hard is it to give the masses the real picture?"