Chengguan: China’s Rouge Gestopo

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PAP Guard in front of Tiananmen Square

In China, criminals arrest the police.

The Chengguan, known officially as The City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, is not as orderly as their name would suggest.  Across China they are scorned because of their ruthless and violent tactics they use against illegal housing and unregistered street vendors and anyone who blocks the path of their perception of the law.

Their actions are similar to barbarians than public servants.  The lists of atrocities they have committed known no end.  A one-legged street vendor was brutally beaten to death in broad daylight.  Western foreign exchange students were stalked and forced off a food stand they were operating. A police officer, aiding an old man who was being beaten by the Chengguan, was chased down, strangled, and arrested.

The Chengguan are above the law.  Even in the incident with the brutalized police officer the Chengguan escaped unscathed.  There was no follow-up investigation, police were report they have little knowledge of the incident, and the assaulted police officer refused to meet with the reporters.

This suppression of justice is commonplace in China.  Even their twitter counterpart has administrators dedicated to rooting out any “polluted” information concerning the true face of the Chinese government.  Radical artists, such as Al WeiWei, are mercilessly persecuted and arrested on downright false charges because of their antigovernment messages.

China aspires to be a world leader.  Currently they are acting like a radical and destabilized country.  Their human rights practices are more comparable to Syria, who has also been rightfully accused of butchering its own citizens.  While racism and income and economic inequality persist in the developed countries their human rights violations are sporadic and severely mitigated.  The single worst incidents of the Occupy Wall Street protests involved pepper spray.  Isolated incidents of police brutality and violent discrimination taint the image of the Western World on the whole these are stable countries with honorable police.

China is the emerging superpower.  This is fact.  However, they will only be treated like an equal country once they treat all of their citizens equally and fairly.  As long as rampant breaches of human rights, such as this state sponsored brutality, their widespread environmental disasters, and suppression of minorities, they will not be treated as an equal member in the developed world.

They have made it clear they want to be treated with respect.  I say let them earn that respect by correcting these mistakes.  That is how America got to where it is today. Fractures in that american integrity, such as widespread anti-immigration racism, are one of the great threats to that stability.

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What is “Occupy Wall Street?” : The American Variant of the Arab Spring & The Origin of the Second American Revolution

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested For Campaigning For Basic Human Rights

It should be noted that the Arab Spring flared in America on September 24, 2011 and has since burned brightly, lighting downtown New York City while singeing Chicago, Denver, and Los Angles.  This global revolution has taken the form Occupy Wall Street here in America.  They campaign for ethical reforms for majority of the population, which are needed to combat the unconstitutional and immoral actions of the richest 1% of the population.   In the words of Michael Moore, “Something has Started.” This is the beginning of the Second American Revolution.

What are the Occupy Wall Street Protestors Moving to Accomplish?

They want to enact economic and judicial reforms on a national scale.

They are campaigning against a broad range of failings that have hurt the American public.  Several important issues are combating corporate greed, unshackling union’s collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, and overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court Decision that gave corporations the right to invest unlimited funds in political campaigns.  Many demonstrators believe the financial sector, embodied by the Wall Street Stock exchange, to be at the heart of these problems.  This is why ground zero for Occupy Wall Street is in New York City; they really just want their voices to be heard in the increasingly polarized and glaringly corporate political battleground.

Will They Be Successful?

Yes.

Their protest is the American manifestation of the Arab Spring, which has uniformly been unstoppable.  The trend with this sociopolitical titan has been that nations either meet the demands of the populace or inevitably fall to rebellion.  These protests will be historically noted as the beginning of either one or the other in America.

The Arab Spring has already been felt around the world, from the revolting Arab nations successfully completing revolutions, British looting of London, and Greek riots spreading anarchy.  Everywhere people are revolting against the same issues, only the names and places are different.  It is likely historians will it call the Jasmine Revolution, after its original name with the fiery startup in Tunisia.

These initial protests may not be successful, perhaps doing little more than slowing a few investors commute.  What is significant is that Americans are mobilizing not against any specific issue, but instead against the decaying economic order.  They are protesting the schism between the astounding wealthy and the numerous poor.  This is similar to other “Jasmine Revolutions.”

How Does Occupy Wall Street Resemble the Arab Spring?

Occupy Wall Street, which can be identified as a public organization for economic reform, bears striking similarities to the origins of most Arab Spring revolutions.

The Tunisians, the first pioneer of the Arab Spring, say their revolution was sparked by “unbalanced economic growth” as well.  Egyptians revolted due to, “rising food prices, high unemployment, and the corruption that pervades economic life in the region.”  Yemen is on the verge of a regime change, because of a widely corrupt government and major “economic grievances.”  With the exception of the corruption, all of these concerns are prevalent in every region of the United States.  The maldistribuiton of wealth and resources in America parallels those of the revolting Arab States; it was only a matter of time before distraught and jobless citizens took action.

Why Has There Been Police Brutality?

I would like to make note that while there have been a few occasions, including one incident involving dangerous use of pepper spray and others where police aggressively arrested unruly protesters, on the whole Occupy Wall Street has not suffered from unexpected amounts of police brutality.  This is a large-scale, well covered protest; incidents of this nature happen during such demonstrations.   It could be much worse and much more violent.  These cases of controversial police aggression are regrettable results from the patriotic activism of the protesters going beyond conventional terms of engagement.  These protesters knew the risks when they decided to stand up for what they believed in.  The policemen are simply doing their jobs; I would not judge them too critically lest they desert our popular cause entirely.  Everybody knows they did wrong, all we can hope is that incidents do not persist.

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