"Chinese workers riot, underscoring volatility amid financial woes" by William Foreman, Associated Press | November 27, 2008
Workers surrounded an overturned police car outside a toy factory in Dongguan, China, on Tuesday. (Reuters)
DONGGUAN, China - It started as a pay dispute at a southern Chinese toy factory. But it quickly turned into a riot as laid-off workers tapped into a network of friends and unemployed laborers who flipped over a police car, stormed into the plant, and smashed office computers.
WTF? How do they get away with such things in such an authoritarian state? Unless....
The latest violent protest to rock China's export machine was still simmering yesterday at the massive plant, which makes Nerf toys for the Pawtucket, R.I.-based company
To listen to AmeriKa's MSM, you can't fart in China without the authorities showing up.
The volatility underscored the urgency of China's efforts to keep stoking an economy weakened by the global financial crisis. To protect jobs and social stability, the central government recently signed off on a multibillion-dollar stimulus plan. Officials have also been urging factories to avoid large layoffs and to try retraining employees to keep them off the streets....
Chinese get a multi-billion stimulus plan; AmeriKans get taxpayer giveaways to banks.
Tempers began flaring Tuesday when the plant's Hong Kong owner, Kader Holdings Company Ltd., prepared to lay off 216 migrant workers at the factory that employs 6,500. About 80 senior workers claimed they were getting shortchanged on their severance pay, and they mobilized a mob of 500 - mostly other unemployed workers and friends....
The workers battled security guards, turned over a police car, smashed the headlights of police motorcycles, and forced their way through the factory's front gate.... They went on a rampage in the plant's offices, damaging 10 computers, the company said. The account was confirmed yesterday by several of the 200 or so jobless laborers peacefully milling around the street in front of the four-story factory complex covered in soot-stained white and green tiles. --more--"
How come Americans accept such things with barely a whimper, and yet the "repressed" Chinese take action at injustice?