We previously published photos from the protest held in Beijing last weekend against a proposed new high-speed rail line that would run through the Chaoyang district, now a video of the demonstration has emerged.
The protest caused something of a brouhaha amongst foreign media organisations, whose breathless reports inevitably questioned whether a protest being permitted in the nation’s capital was a sign of change. This ignores the fact that much larger NIMBY (not in my back yard) protests have been permitted elsewhere, the government only cracking down when demonstrators’ anger threatens to spread to the CPC.
As Brendan O’Kane pointed out on Twitter, the Beijing protesters went out of their way to avoid upsetting the Party:
Signs in Chaoyang demo against BJ-Shenyang high-speed rail read “Support 18th Party Congress; Oppose Bureaucracy.” beijingcream.com/2012/12/beijin…
— Brendan O’Kane (@bokane) December 10, 2012
[Via: Beijing Cream]