This is what a true popular uprising looks like.

#Occupiers, note carefully: This (see accompanying image on the Telegraph’s site at the linked article) is what it looks like when the local 99% really are on your side.

Sadly, I do NOT think this will end well for the villagers.  The Chinese Communist Party cannot allow such a popular uprising to succeed, lest it spread.

Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back

Something extraordinary has happened in the Chinese village of Wukan.

By Malcolm Moore, Wukan

For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.

The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water cannons.

Since then, the police have retreated to a roadblock, some three miles away, in order to prevent food and water from entering, and villagers from leaving. Wukan’s fishing fleet, its main source of income, has also been stopped from leaving harbour.

The plan appears to be to lay siege to Wukan and choke a rebellion which began three months ago when an angry mob, incensed at having the village’s land sold off, rampaged through the streets and overturned cars.

Although China suffers an estimated 180,000 “mass incidents” a year, it is unheard of for the Party to sound a retreat.

I wish them all the luck in the world.  They are going to need it.

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  • jim_m

    Clearly this was an astroturfed capitalist mob.

    If this is a real grassroots movement then where are the slick, premade signs?  Where are the t-shirts with trite sayings?  Where is the SEIU?  The American left knows a grassroots movement when it creates one and this isn’t it.

  • The Chinese version of the TEA party

  • Anonymous

    Barry Se Tung, You are next..

  • The plan of economic freedom without political freedom could never survive for long. 

    • PBunyan

      That’s true.  That’s why our Federal Government is so very careful to destroy both simultaneously. 

  • herddog505

    So, will the ChiComs massacre everybody in the village?  Or will they “arrest” a few “capitalists” and “wreckers” and “speculators” (or whatever the Red Chinese equivalent for these common Soviet terms might be)?  And how much – or little – press coverage will this get?  I think that Beijing learned a couple of lessons from TIanaman Square:

    1.  Enforce people’s justice against imperialist counterrevolutionaries more or less in secret (show trials notwithstanding), and;

    2.  Make sure that western media knows that cooperation with the legitimate people’s government is good for business, while attempts to embarrass the people’s government by publishing irresponsible, doctored, false stories planted by imperialist agents is BAD for business.  VERY bad.

    Doubtless, programmers at Google are already writing code to prevent search engines finding ANYTHING to do with the search term “Wukan”.

    Two other questions:

    1.  Assuming that the reds crack down, will the UN and our own State Dept. start yapping about “responsibility to protect”?  Or will the Hilldabeast go on the Sunday morning shows and call the red Chinese leaders “reformers” just as she did with Baby Assad?

    2.  Will the left, at home and abroad, side with the people of Wukan… or with the people’s government?  Pretty sure I can speak for Tom Friedman on that.  Come to think of it, the NYT has an institutional history of covering for murderous communist regimes.  I believe that MiniTru even awards Pulitzers for the best whitewash job.

    AdjoranThe plan of economic freedom without political freedom could never survive for long.

    I agree.  A friend of mine opined a year or two ago that Red China is facing a crossroads.  As more and more Chinese become middle class – or, at least, see that as a realistic expectation – they are going to become less and less willing to put up with a creaky, inefficient, authoritarian government.  Either the government will have to reform itself basically into extinction or else it will have to try to implement Cultural Revolution v2.0, pitting the large, poor rural population against the more educated and capitalist urban populations.

    We shall see.

    • China is not above massacring everyone there, that’s probably what they’ll do and call it an unforeseeable natural disaster caused by godzilla or something else.  It’s right down to the communist playbook that when they loose control of a town, city, village, or anything else, crush them, and make an example.

      It’s what the soviets did, it’s what the chinese did before, it’s what every communist and totalitarian dictatorship did in the past.

  • Anonymous

    FLASH!!  Just in:  The Chinese Peoples Party has just announced the quarantine of a coastal village.  Party spokesman Wu Flung Dung has reported that an outbreak of an unknown virus has stricken the coastal city of Wukan.  In an effort to prevent spread of the virus, local law enforcement and the military have been forced to cordon off the village.   According to Dung, the virus is 100% fatal and there are no expected survivors.  Party officials vow to identify the source of this virus and eradicate it.  An unidentified member of the Peoples Humanitarian Department reportedly was heard to say “We regret the lives of so many of our citizens will be lost, when the disease has run it’s  course.  To memorialize the loss of this great village and its people, we will sterilize the area and then build a new naval facility there which will be known as Mao-town.

  • Anonymous

    Barry fool man chu could not be reached for comment

  • Anonymous

    Our president will not say a word until the whole thing is over.  China owns too much of our debt for us to say anything supportive.

    • Anonymous

      Just out curiosity, what happens if the US refuses to pay off the T-bills that China holds? Will they refuse to export here, and who does that hurt more?

      • Anonymous

        We won’t refuse to pay them, because we can always print more money.  But that makes the money we hold more and more worthless, until no one will buy more of our T-Bills.

  • Anonymous

    “China’s” housing market having lost more than 35% since October and as the chickens from their decades of looting and past several years and 5-10 Trillion Dollars of “stimulus” squandering roar home to roost, two thousand and twelvehas been shaped to be the year the perilously pernicious Peking predators’ whole shebang falls around their evil ears.

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