Citizens Protest Before The National People’s Congress
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “Two Meetings"
will start in early March in Beijing.
Before the meetings, the authority which is normally strict
on maintaining so–called “stability" is not surprised by people anymore.
People disregard the meetings’ proposals, which are
like a showcase.
However, before the meeting, activists speak out via
On Feb.29, Tiananmen Mothers, who represent victims
of the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, posted an
open letter on Human Rights in China online , calling for
the authorities to “openly and fairly" resolve the June 4 issue.
A letter said, “The massacre that happened 22 years ago,
caused thousands of families to lose their loved ones.
Tens of thousands of people were injured and
many were disabled.
It was the most brutal atrocity of the past century in China."
Mothers urge the “legal settlement of political issues."
On the same day, human rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan
posted an article on the internet.
He urged National Congress representatives to publicise their
He said that according to Article 7 of the Representative Act,
before attending congress, they should listen to people’s
comments and suggestions.
This is the appropriate preparation for the meeting and
fulfils their role obligations.
Without publication of contact details, how can a
constituency make comments and suggestions?
Instead of writing, many express their views by direct action.
Such as workers going on strike, schools being closed,
such news items come out one after another.
In the North, Beijing taxi drivers have protested for two days,
Sources said that 5000 teachers went on strike in Hebei.
On Feb.27, over 5000 teachers in Gaobeidian of Baoding,
Hebei Province, protested against low wages and embezzlement of wages .
They wrote an open letter to all the parents, which said that
they are all “really desperate".
In the Letter they mentioned 8 issues, they said that if they
didn’t get positive answers, they would continue to protest to demonstrate and to petition.
On Feb.28, town and county secondary school teachers
joined in the protest.
Meanwhile, In the South, in Dongguan there are also
several thousand people protesting.
On the afternoon of Feb.28, over 1000 workers of the
Taisheng furniture factory in Dalingshan, Dongguan were on strike due to their wages being withheld.
Sources said, this furniture company is well-known in the
world, having 2000 employees.
A similar protest happened in Feb, 2010, when this factory
stopped operating , and workers demanded a pay rise.
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