My friends and I have been talking about this for a few years now. We were thinking that it would be just a matter of time before all those factory workers in China that make the widgets cheap for Apple, etc,… would decide that they might want to own one themselves. So they might want to make enough money to be able to buy one. Being in this information age would show them what others have, and therefore what they’re missing.
And that after seeing the thick smog over their city,— and finally coming to the realization that maybe, just maybe, it could be harmful to them and their families,— they would start speaking out in large numbers.
This article doesn’t point out any major atrocities to stop things. But I think it’s safe to say that Chinese leadership will do what they have to in order to keep it in check. I also think that in these more developed areas, Chinese leaders will have a much harder, if not impossible, time keeping negative actions quiet. The rest of the world will see, which is a problem for them.
It’ll be interesting to see where these types of things go, and how they’re handled.
BEIJING — Thousands of people besieged a government office in a southern Chinese town Tuesday and blocked a highway to demand a halt to a planned coal-fired power plant because of concerns about pollution, protesters said.
Riot police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the protesters at the highway in the town of Haimen in Guangdong province, and the demonstrators hurled rocks, water bottles and bricks in return, said one of the protesters, a 27-year-old man surnamed Chen.
In much of Guangdong province, conflicts have been intense because the area is among China’s most economically developed, pushing up land prices.
After three decades of laxly regulated industrialization, China is seeing a surge in protests over such environmental worries