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Friday, September 12, 2014

China Jails Anti-Corruption Activists

That's because China's whole government runs on corruption. The more the government controls the more it's open to bribes to dole out the rationed benefits. This has been proven to be the case in the Soviet Union, all its vassal states, China, North Korea, etc.

From The Washington Free Beacon article by Daniel Wiser:

Jinping pledged to target graft among both high- and low-level officials—whom he called “tigers” and “flies”—after he assumed power in 2013. However, Chinese authorities and courts have now imprisoned 14 activists who peacefully advocated for similar anti-corruption measures, such as disclosing the wealth of government officials. 
Zhang Lin, an activist from the eastern Anhui province, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison last week on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place,” according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). Zhang was initially detained in July 2013 after protesting the treatment of his daughter, who was barred from enrolling in an elementary school because of his activism. 
Zhang suffers from joint degeneration in his vertebrae, a dental disease, and an eye infection after years of previous detention, and he has been denied medical release multiple times. 
More activists could soon join Zhang in jail. Yang Maodong, more commonly known by his pen name Guo Feixiong, faces trial on Friday along with demonstrator Sun Desheng. Both could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison on the same charge leveled at Zhang.

China is busily doing what China does best, talk a (relatively) good game to the public, and then imprison political rivals and dissidents...

Is it any wonder why people get nervous when Democrats start pining for a Chinese style of government so that "they can get things done." The idea of "getting things done" seems to be pretty much the reason behind every modern totalitarian government. So, what's not to admire?

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