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China in Flames? Chinese Riot Police Crack Down on Southern Chinese Town

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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”.

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.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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