Out of the public eye, China cracks down on another protesting village

Tom Lasseter – McClatchy Newspapers, February 26, 2012

PANHE, China — The old woman walked over to the door and peeked out from behind a blue curtain, looking slowly from one side of the street to other. She muttered to those huddled in the room behind her, “the police will come.”

The men, who’d been talking about officials stealing their land in Panhe, fell quiet. They knew what a visit would mean — threats, beatings and then getting dragged off by the police.

In December, a high-profile standoff between residents and Communist Party bosses in a fishing village named Wukan, about 450 miles southwest of Panhe, ended peacefully. That case had some observers wondering if Chinese officials had changed the way they dealt with the intertwined problems of land rights and corruption.

What happened here suggests otherwise. Continue reading

‘Occupy’ protests on way to California campuses next week

McClatchy Newspapers

Friday, Nov. 04, 2011 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The wave of anger at banks that has swept the country with the recent “Occupy” movement is coming to California college campuses next week.

A union-backed group calling itself “Refund California” is organizing protests on Wednesday at more than a dozen college campuses, including Sacramento State and the University of California, Davis. The group argues that banks created the country’s economic collapse that decimated state budgets and led to massive tuition hikes in recent years. It is calling on leaders of California’s public universities to pledge support for higher taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals as a way to restore funding for jobs and education. Continue reading