No More Chinese Communist Party

February 15, 2010

“Communist Party sustained crackdowns on dissent driven by fear”

I find this article, regarding the Chinese communist fear of rights and freedoms, to be relatively deep and reflective.

AFP: When China won the right to stage the Olympic Games, it promised the event would bring significant human rights improvements.

But since Beijing hosted the world in August 2008, the ruling Communist Party has launched a sustained crackdown on dissent which experts say is driven by fear of social unrest and growing concern about the power of the Internet.

Even in largely autonomous Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists have felt a cold wind blowing from Beijing.

“This greater harshness reflects that it is becoming more and more difficult for the party to rein in civil society,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a senior researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

This past week alone, authorities upheld an 11-year prison term for leading dissident Liu Xiaobo and jailed quake activist Tan Zuoren for five years.

The government has also moved to dampen the power of the more than 380 million people using the Internet. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have been blocked, while Google has threatened to leave China after the Gmail accounts of dissidents were hacked.

“The authorities are really quite scared by things like the Twitter revolution in Iran and also the Charter 08 movement” spearheaded by Liu, said Lam, who teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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