Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, China Style

I have been waiting for weeks to hear reports emanating out of China that there have been public gatherings inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. I have also been wondering just how the Chinese government might react to such mass gatherings. Below are excerpts of some reporting by Asia Times Online that touches on both of these issues. Click here for the full story, which has been covered by other outlets as well.

As the Occupy Wall Street protests targeting corporate greed and political corruption spread from coast to coast in the United States, China's new leftists - socialist critics of the country's capitalist-style economic reforms - are beginning to lend support, declaring the demonstrations as a "great revolution" that sounds the death-knell for capitalism throughout the world.

Supporters of the new leftists have staged street protests in at least two cities of Henan province, Luoyang and Zhengzhou, in the past few days to show their "firm support" for the "Great Wall Street Revolution".

Participants put up a big picture of Mao and displayed a huge banner with the slogan "To Staunchly Support American People's Great 'Wall Street' Revolution!" The wording of the slogan reminds people of Mao's "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution".

Participants in the Luoyang and Zhengzhou gatherings were mostly aged in their 50s or older. People in that age group are more nostalgic for Mao and his era of greater social equality, particularly as gaps in society widen today.


Chinese authorities seem to have closed their eyes to unauthorized public gatherings in Henan.


~Steve

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