Tiananmen Square and Shanxi Bombings Reflect New Public Protest Trends
The recent car bomb attack in Tiananmen
Square, and subsequent bombing in Shanxi
have caused widespread concern in China.
International observers believe that the Chinese
people are fully losing confidence in the authorities.
In protests against the regime, there has
been a shift from physical protest and
conflict, to targeting of government buildings.
There is a move away from venting personal
anger, and towards political declarations,
and from criminal cases to political protest.
The experts pointed out that the uprising trend of against the
tyranny will not be end with the Third Plenary Session terminates.
On November 6, a series of explosions took place near
the provincial government building in Shanxi Province.
This was while the shadow of the
Tiananmen bombing still lingered.
Ball-bearings and nails were scattered at
the explosion site from a homemade bomb.
It is reported that the suspect set the bomb at
7am in the morning, and left in a black Santana.
There were bombs hidden in the vegetation in front
of the Provincial Building, and eight were detonated.
Tang Baiqiao, President, New York University
Democracy Academy of China:"The
Chinese people are actually very gentle.
The current trend is shifting from petitioning and
peaceful demonstrations into the armed resistance.
If the authorities do not wake up, there will be a mighty
storm, and bloodshed in increasingly serious revolution."
Lin Zixu, political commentator: “The kind Chinese people
have been living under an illusion with the Chinese regime.
Harsh reality has brought them to complete despair.
The impact from the Beijing explosion
has shocked all oppressed people.
The Shanxi Provincial bombing
resembles a copycat bombing."
There have been more and more explosions, arson and
assaults happening throughout China during recent years.
According to statistics, there are hundreds of violent
uprisings against the regime in the past 5 years.
These occurred after Yang Jia assaulted members
of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau in 2008.
Three government offices were simultaneously
attacked by a bomb in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province in 2011.
This June, a man set fire to a bus in Xiamen,
resulting in 47 deaths, including himself.
In July, Ji Zhongxing, detonated dynamite
in his wheelchair at Beijing Capital Airport.
A week ago, a jeep crashed in Beijing
in Tiananmen Square, and exploded.
The people who Bombings detonated in Tiananmen Square
and airport all called out to clear.
Tang Baiqiao: “A common feature in these incidents
is the target of attack, which are directed toward
the authorities, and not towards innocent people.
This is a disguised revolution, or personal
revolution, or a form of personal uprising.
This kind of revolution will become increasingly fierce, as
long as the Chinese regime’s repression remains unchanged."
The Propaganda Department directive on the Shanxi
bombing was to only allow low-profile coverage.
The day after the incident, front pages of
all Taiyuan newspapers were “harmonious",
with no report on the Taiyuan bombing report.
China Central Television also failed to report on the bombing.
Tang Baiqiao: “The Chinese authorities are
very cunning, in order to maintain their rule.
It is commonplace for the regime to shift
responsibility towards others that they want to target.
In the Tiananmen Square self-immolation, it
shifted the responsibility onto Falun Gong, where
in fact it was the regime’s propaganda stunt.
Now people regard Falun Gong as the hero,
no matter how the authorities attack them.
In this case, they have to report in low key."
After the Shanxi bombings, staff at the Taiyuan Bus
station noticed that real names needed to be provided
when purchasing a ticket from Taiyuan to Beijing.
Lin Zixu: “In this case, the Chinese regime will use more
violent means to suppress, with more strong rebounds.
If public protests are more resolute and violent, the Chinese
authorities will not be able to hold the system together."
Professor Zhu Xueqin from Shanghai University comments
that these explosions, and attacks appear to be isolated.
When we put them all together, they may create
a very disturbing trend for the authorities.
There is a qualitative shift from individuals venting anger to
political declarations; from criminal cases to political protests.
It is not just about the numbers of people hurt in the incidents.
Netizens comment that Chinese society is deteriorating.
The Chinese Communist regime
is now in anti-terrorist mode.
Government departments and
crowded places are high-risk areas.
People need to wear a helmet to
go to the government departments.