Although most attention regarding China these days is focused on the current political drama taking place in Hong Kong, there’s reason to believe that mainland China is going through its own form of unrest.
The Guardian reported that riot police fired teargas and beat residents in the Southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Friday, November 29, 2019 after protesting against a local construction project.
Hundreds of Chinese citizens in Wenlou, a town in the Guangdong province located about 60 miles from Hong Kong, demonstrated against plans for a large crematorium in an area officials previously stated would only become an “ecological park”.
The town (文楼镇) protesting in Guangdong looks like this. It's tiny. There couldn't be more than 10k people there. Yet they're tipping over police cars, fighting police with fireworks & forcing armoured vehicles to retreat.
— Nathan Ruser (@Nrg8000) November 29, 2019
Residents recorded footage of riot police firing teargas, hurling rocks, and beating protestors. Videos showed people throwing firecrackers at the police and tipping over a car. One person was caught holding a sign that read “The people of Wenlou do not agree”.
One resident, who asked not be named, observed, “The whole town is protesting. The government has violently deployed people to suppress it. Now police are like crazy dogs, beating whoever they see. Where is the law? Where is morality?”
These kinds of protests against infrastructure projects such as incinerators, chemical plants or crematoriums are not rare in rural China. However, Wenlou demonstrations come during a time when authorities are worried about protests potentially spreading from neighboring Hong Kong to the rest of the Chinese mainland.
Although a significant portion of the mainland Chinese population opposes the Hong Kong protests, Guangdong is an area that is susceptible to unrest given its proximity to the Guangdong province and given how a lot of people in that province have close ties to Hong Kong.
Wenlou residents share similar grievances with Hong Kong demonstrators, which include anger over perceived police brutality and a growing sense of distrust with their political leadership.
Another resident from Wenlou said “If not pushed to a dead end, who would choose to hit their heads against a rock.”
She claimed that police barricaded all the roads and she wasn’t able to share videos of the incident.
The mask is now off in China.
Recent events in Hong Kong and the Guangdong province show that there is growing discontent with the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership.
The question now is if China will revert back to its Maoist authoritarian days.
Under President Xi Jinping, China has taken a sharp authoritarian turn that has many in the West worried about its geopolitical intentions.
Because it is a nuclear power, the U.S. will have to use tough diplomacy and intelligently channel soft power to contain China’s influence worldwide.
The town (文楼镇) protesting in Guangdong looks like this. It’s tiny. There couldn’t be more than 10k people there. Yet they’re tipping over police cars, fighting police with fireworks & forcing armoured vehicles to retreat. No wonder the CCP is afraid of large-scale protests.
Federal Government Threatens to Defund Connecticut School Districts for Allowing Males to Compete in Female Sports
In a “letter of impending enforcement action” released on May 28, 2020, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights declared that The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference violated Title IX by “permitting the participation of certain male student-athletes” in girls’ track events at several school districts.
The federal investigation was kicked off last summer and were the result of the Alliance Defending Freedom filing a complaint on behalf three female students. The Justice Department took sides with female students during the past month.
The biological females sustained that the “Transgender Participation” policy, which was first enacted seven years ago, were stripped of their rights under Title IX by allowing “boys who are male in every biological and physiological respect” compete in their sports, provided that they “claim a female gender identity.”
The CIAC policy started to yield troubling results when two biological males who identified as girls began dominating girls’ track meets. This policy is less stringent than the NCAA’s transgender policy, which mandates males to take testosterone-suppressing hormones for at least a year before participating in female sports competitions.
Three school districts violated Title IX by also participating in CIAC athletic events. “Glastonbury, Canton, and Danbury placed female student-athletes in athletic events against male student-athletes, resulting in competitive disadvantages for female student-athletes,” federal officials stated.
The athletic events in which the female student-athletes competed were coeducational; female student-athletes were denied the opportunity to compete in events that were exclusively female, whereas male student-athletes were able to compete in events that were exclusively male.
On top of that, three other districts – Hartford, Bloomfield and Cromwell – violated Title IX by allowing two biological males, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, compete on female teams per CIAC policy. According to the OCR, the conference and six districts “treated student-athletes differently based on sex.”
According to Greg Piper of the College Fix, “The letter uses pseudonyms for the students but all have been previously named. The girls filed a related lawsuit in February under their real names: Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell and Selina Soule.”
The conference and six districts rejected “resolution agreements” with OCR, prompting the office to issue them “letters of impasse” on March 17. These are basically warning letters. The office initially gave them 10 days to comply. They then extended the deadline by an additional 30 days as a result of “their COVID-19-related duties and responsibilities.”
At the moment, OCR will either “initiate administrative proceedings” to block federal funding for the conference and districts or hand the cases over to the Justice Department in order for it to enforce federal law.
It’s good to see athletes finally get justice.
Thanks to the Left grabbing control of so many American institutions, Americans are subjected to a wide array of politically correct experiments.
This is a solid victory which should be built upon by the Trump administration and members of Congress.
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