British riots V.S. Chinese uprisings
A semblance of normality has returned to the streets of UK
after a week of rioting and looting.
But the response from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)
media towards this activity was filled with unusual excitement.
Compared with frequent group uprisings in China,
are the British riots different?
Several days of riots in London have made
Beijing’s media outlets overjoyed.
They competed with one another to publish criticisms
on behalf of the CCP government.
They questioned the effectiveness of Western democracy
and the security of the Olympic Games in London.
They mocked the past UK commentaries on China’s affairs.
Furthermore, they said the London summer is the repeat
of the “Arab spring”.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily pointed out that
CCP media’s schadenfreude came from the CCP’s
self-description of “great, glorious and correct.”
Also, they have confused the issue of governance of social
unrest with political system issues.
The trigger of the British riots was the police shooting of
a 29-year-old man in an operation to control illegal firearms,
which led to a 300-person protest.
The peaceful protest was maliciously incited on the Internet,
and turned into rioting, looting and setting fires on streets.
Five people died in these riots.
It is reported that most rioters are people under 24 years old.
Prior to this, the British penalties of juveniles were very light.
Usually, juveniles only had their crimes recorded and criticized.
The light punishments have contributed to more crimes.
According to a poll, 42% British are blaming criminals
for the disturbances.
British deputy Prime Minister Clegg said that
it was “needless opportunistic theft and violence,"
And Home Secretary Theresa May condemned
the riots as “pure criminality"
Current affairs commentator Chen Zhifei:
“If we look at the entirety of the event,
the government and the police were chasing a drug dealer,
and it was totally in line with government’s executive power.
The government contributed to maintaining social security
and overall morality of the society.
The government was doing what it should do.
If rioters use excuses such as jobs are hard to find,
and the stop on welfare plans to do smash-and-grab activities,
I think, in a democratic society,
where all kinds of freedom are fully guaranteed,
it is unacceptable and they are totally excuses. ”
Some commentators said that the British government
responded with emergency measures,
according to democratic rules of procedure.
By wrongly estimating the severity, the riots aggravated.
The British Prime Minister Cameron confessed on August 11
that London police misjudged the riots as
issues of “public order” instead of criminality.
Compared to pure criminality on the streets,
which did not have any clear political purpose,
the Arab Spring aims at overthrowing corrupt regimes.
As website Lebanon Spring stated, “Our revolutions do not
include robbing our communities, smashing ATMs and stores.”
The frequent uprisings in Mainland China in recent years
between police and people are triggered
either by abuse of power of police and city inspectors,
or by violent house demolitions in official-merchant collusion,
or by public anger due to oppressive behaviors
of second generation officials and the rich.
For example, recently there was tens of thousands of people
uprising in Changsha, Hunan Province.
People protested against establishing high-risk waste
incineration plants in a densely populated area.
The organizers were arrested. Nearly 10,000 people went to
local government and police stations demanding their release.
They were beaten by police, and angry villagers smashed
things in the police station and overturned vehicles.
A large-scale bloodshed broke out between the two sides.
China interim government president Wu Fan:
Of course, the UK deployed tanks and armored vehicles.
However, they never fired. We can compare it with the CCP.
When they suppressed rights movements,
they used all kinds of weapons.
They beat, killed and robbed people.
So we compare an autocratic country to Western democratic
countries, on how they handle riots.
The guidelines, principles and measurements
are different, so are media reports.
To maintain stability, the CCP controls people’s speech and
suppresses them violently in a long term.
Apple Daily commented that obviously,
if Jasmine Revolution breaks out,
it is impossible to resolve it by blocking internet, by controlling
twitter, Facebook, micro-blogs or cell phone communications.
The article revealed further that, as the CCP tried to confuse
the Arab Spring with the London Summer,
so as to deny on democracy and the rule of law,
This will only result in losing control of the corruption of
officials and in losing the chance of curbing uprisings.
NTD reporters Xu Min and Ge Lei