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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"smash asem", support Chinese peasants

People calling themselves anarchists announce a demonstration against the ASEM meeting in Helsinki, Finland the following weekend. The announcement, here in English, begins as follows:
We heard news about peasants and sweatshop workers rioting all around China on almost a daily basis. The least we can do together to support them is to bring at least a bit of disorder to streets of Helsinki as well.
Expressing solidarity with oppressed people like Chinese peasants is all good - and Chinese peasants are truly oppressed - but don't ask solidarity from me if the police uncles see it appropriate and necessary to apply physical law enforcement on you; I'm going to side with the shopkeepers whose windows you're in all likelihood going to try to break.

But that was not what I set out to point out in this note. Of the four photos in the banner of the anarchist site, while refering to Chinese peasants, three are from Korea:
rioting somewhere there in the East
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It is understandable that it's more difficult to get good photographs from a totalitarian country like PRC, so Korean pics can do as well: people look the same, and the writing isn't all that different either. And who knows if even the second pic from the left is from a place like Hong Kong and not from the mainland (my knowledge on police gear is very scant).

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Comments to note ""smash asem", support Chinese peasants" (Comments to posts older than 14 days are moderated)

<Anonymous Anonymous> said on 15.9.06 : 

That is a good point, but in another hand Korean farmers face some similar kinds of problems as the Chinese. If you are interested about riot and demonstration photos from China, check out

http://takku.rbgi.net/article.php/20060907030235693


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