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China cop-killer to internet hero: Chinese enviro-patriotism not for its police state

The next "1989" is swelling in China. China's NWO empire of police repression, medical murders via organ thefts from political prisoners, anti-democracy crackdowns, corrupt rural developmentalism, poisoned products internationally, poisoned environment internally, almost all of the world's worst polluted cities, Orwellian 're-education' camps, no right to strike for better conditions, no right to organize independently, and internet censorship (courtesy of U.S. corporations 'just following order$') is on the edge of boiling over in outrage. If attitudes like Yang Jia's are common throughout China, you will see it. Rarely do you see an outpouring of sympathy among 'internet Chinese' for (of all people) a cop killer, though love for him is which is what is going on now in China. Cop killer as Chinese cultural hero. Plus, there have been attacks on police stations in some areas of China in the past year like this. Most Chinese are sick of corrupt developmentalism between their local town elites and governmental officials. However, culturally, China is seeing a huge anti-systemic makeover in the environmental identifications of its people. China last year saw huge environmental protests from Chinese 'sick' (literally) of their state's idea of development. The following list of links show this gradual transformation of China into a huge pro-environmentalist pro-democracy pressure upwelling.
Yang Jia: Chinese Everyman Snapped, Morally Sick of China's Corrupt Police State
Yang Jia: Chinese Everyman Snapped, Morally Sick of China's Corrupt Police State
From half a century of militarized dictatorship, South Korean democracy started out in the late 1980s as an anti-pollution anti-corporatist anti-police state movement. Korea got its tentative democracy (still quite corrupt corporatist though) after weeks of solid rioting on these issues.

Is neighboring China on the edge of this sea change? Quote:

"Yang Jia, a 28-year-old unemployed man from Beijing, appeared in court in Shanghai charged with an alleged attack against the police on July 1, the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Mr Yang is said to have thrown Molotov cocktails into a police station in Zhabei, a northern suburb of the city, before entering the building and attacking a group of unarmed officers with a knife. He was arrested at the scene. However, instead of condemnation, he has received widespread approval from Chinese internet users, or netizens, for his apparent act of defiance. He has become a symbol for ****the growing number of people who are attacking Chinese police in protest at the brutality of the state."****

He's not your typical criminal either, according to the biography. Seems like a nice guy who just snapped in outrage at his government. Multiply Yang Jia by 1 million or more and this could generate China-wide riots of outrage against a host of political inequalities, environmental destructions, and ethnic tensions already causing social movement upset.

China's police state has already fallen in legitimacy if a Chinese cop killer is widely seen as a Robin Hood figure.

Chinese cop-killer becomes internet hero
Published on 31-08-2008

Source: Telegraph - Malcolm Moore

A Chinese man accused of murdering six policemen has attracted increasing levels of approval and adulation from internet users as his trial begins in Shanghai.

Yang Jia, a 28-year-old unemployed man from Beijing, appeared in court in Shanghai charged with an alleged attack against the police on July 1, the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr Yang is said to have thrown molotov cocktails into a police station in Zhabei, a northern suburb of the city, before entering the building and attacking a group of unarmed officers with a knife. He was arrested at the scene.

However, instead of condemnation, he has received widespread approval from Chinese internet users, or netizens, for his apparent act of defiance.

He has become a symbol for the growing number of people who are attacking Chinese police in protest at the brutality of the state.

Mr Yang has even been compared to Wu Song, one of the greatest heroes in Chinese literature, who killed a tiger with his bare hands.

One message left on his MySpace page said: "You have done what most people want to do, but do not have enough courage to do".

The prosecution said Mr Yang had acted out of "revenge" after he was caught by police riding an unlicensed bicycle last October and interrogated. He later sued the Shanghai police for 10,000 yuan (803) for psychological damage, but his claim was rejected.

Mr Yang is rumoured to have been badly beaten and maimed by police.

One blogger, Zi Bingyue, wrote: "Yang Jia is not bad. He has no previous criminal record. On the contrary, he has a strong sense of the law. He gave seats to older people on the bus and carried luggage for weak travellers."

His father, Yang Fu, said his son must "have been greatly wronged" and added that he hoped Mr Yang's almost inevitable death sentence would help spur the Chinese legal system to change in the future.

Another blogger, Qing Feng, wrote that Mr Yang had been ground down by the reality of being unemployed in China. "He would have self-destructed one way or another since he has lost hope. He has no job, no degree, no income, no background, no relationship or normal family," he said.

Since Mr Yang's arrest, his lawyers have been uncontactable. An attempt by the Telegraph to trace them to a second-floor office in north Shanghai was met with a simple note saying that the office would be closed for the foreseeable future.

In addition, blogs mentioning Mr Yang have been deleted and bloggers have been told by websites that sensitive articles will be blocked.

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 http://blacklistednews.com/news-1313-0-8-8--.html

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China is making moves to improve the environment.
A professional looking woman sails into a fast food restaurant in Beijing, places her order, and fishes out a pair of chopsticks from her purse. Why doesn't she touch the disposable chopsticks on the table? Well, she is an environmentalist committed to saving trees. Despite its short history in China, Environmentalism is already exerting a strong influence on the country's politics and society.

Environmental reporting in the newspapers is on the rise. One survey shows that while the average Chinese newspapers carried an average of only 125 articles on environmental issues in 1994, the number had grown to 630 by 1999.

Television and radio programs about the environment have become common, and environmental websites have mushroomed. "Greenspeak" has entered the Chinese vocabulary. Biodiversity, genetically modified food, green consumption and animal rights have all become hot public topics.

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Heard right out of China 15.Jun.2004 10:24
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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/290793.shtml


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