The massacre of peasants in Dongzhou, in Guangdong Province happened earlier this month, when I was having blog problems and I haven’t written about it here. Along with the Taishi village mess, and several other events in recent weeks, to me it represents an escalation in the repression and enforcing of complete control by the central dictatorship and regional rural mafia-style groups. 中国数字时代 China Digital Times put up a translation of a commentary on the Donghzhou massacre that 梁京 Liang Jing gave on Radio Free Asia and appeared on 新世纪网 New Century Net, 从太石村到东洲坑——更危险的一步 From Taishi village to Dongzhou–a step into danger.
Hu Jintao evidently realized that if he did not place pressure on the regional mafias, the sound of gunfire might quickly break out all round the country, and be beyond recall. He therefore directed a shut-down regarding the situation regarding the shooting of the Dongzhou villagers. But, how was the resistance to their defence of their rights to be conveyed to the world? After several days of silence, Hu finally decided to support the local power and influence groups, defame the peasants defending their rights, and slander the resisting disadvantaged as rioters. Hu Jintao has poured a basin of cold water on the land-losing peasants who are fighting to defend their rights all around the PRC, and has taken a yet more dangerous step towards social upheaval.