Monthly Archives: June 2009

In defense of the right to furnish

Protesters in the south-eastern Chinese city of Nankang have overturned police cars and blocked roads over plans to more strictly enforce payment of taxes.

Officials in Nankang said several hundred protesters blocked a major road while others delivered a petition to a local government office.

[…]China’s official Xinhua news agency said the local government’s plan to more strictly enforce payment of taxes from the furniture makers and dealers has been suspended in the face of the opposition.

 

Reports on the precise nature of the issue being protested are mixed, and sometimes conflicting. It has something to do with the furniture industry in Jiangxi–taxes being raised, or taxes being enforced, or the industry being forcibly consolidated and nationalized by the government, or something.

In some regards, the People’s Republic of China is beginning to look more capitalist than America. But it has never been a bastion of individual rights — human, personal, political, or economic.

Riots of this nature have become so numerous that the Chinese government has given up on counting them. It no longer publishes statistics on how many occur. Coupled with burgeoning government deficits, soaring unemployment, and migration back to the impoverished inland provinces, the PRC is becoming a powder keg.

Sources: China Digital Times, Danwei, BBC News