Guizhou riots: an overview

A stroll in Guizhou

Chinese state-owned media, journalists, bloggers, and forum posters have all written about the riots that took place in Weng'an, Guizhou Province a week ago. The story, and how it has played out in official and unofficial media, illuminates several aspects of Chinese society and media, ranging from Internet pop culture and censorship, press freedom, the government's attempts to encourage but somehow control 'information openness' corruption of local officials and popular resentment against it, and what happens when crowds get out of control.

The best summaries of the affair are on ESWN (several articles, start here), and by Jonathan Ansfield on the Newsweek blog.

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