环球时报借什邡事件给世人的提示 – Tips from the Global Times based on the Shifang events – English

  
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The Global Times published an article entitled “Middle School students should not be encouraged to walk on the conflict front line”, and the text is filled with compassionate feelings and universal values – in tune with the “Southern Department” and public intellectuals. If we were to read this text again after a few decades, we would probably be confused, and misinterpret the political stance of the Global Times; but people who live in our time will not misinterpret it, because these readers understand the social context of the article, and can read the meaning between the lines.

Fortunately indeed, in Shifang, a large number of teenagers rushed to the front line, but did not suffer serious casualties, showing that the police has not lost its humanity, and can still distinguish between adults and minors. The police have shown humanity, but the government haven’t: in the eyes of the government, Chinese people do not deserve to enjoy all the rights provided in the constitution, and the same applies to minors. Chinese people have been deprived of political rights throughout their life, and so the legal punishment of “deprivation of political rights” is merely for the form; and if offenses are punished only by “deprivation of political rights”, then the effect is undoubtedly null. Only since adults do not enjoy the right given to them by the constitution to join in politics and demonstrate do the minors take to the streets, and so we can’t invert the order of causes.

Minors should not be involved in politics, not because their bodies are too weak, but because their minds are not mature enough. The article “Middle School students should not be encouraged to walk on the front line of conflicts” mentioned the Cultural Revolution, where teenagers became a group of tyrannical beasts, and caused rampage in the adult world. The Global Times acknowledged this was a special case of people exploiting teenagers. But environmental pollution is not a complex problem, and it does not require profound judgement. Environmental pollution and the government are similar, they don’t differentiate between adults and minors, and they will not spare minors or protect them from poison. If poison becomes worse with time, then the dangers are greater for teenagers, and when adults are unable to protect their bodies, they rush to the front line because there is really no alternative.

To say it again, teenagers taking to the streets proves that among adults and children, there was still confidence in the humanity of the police. And in the end, the Shifang police did not touch a hair of the children, and did not disappoint the trust of the community: I think this is a shining point in the Shifang events, it shows that across the barrier dividing officials and the public today, there is a small point in common. And as long as there are points in common, there is hope for reconciliation.

Of course, it is also possible to see things differently, consider that not obliterating their sense of humanity was a weakness of the police, and the minors who woke up the police sense of humanity were deadly weapons, a temporary concession to expediency. This mode of thinking, based on the equilibrium of violence, is very dangerous.

The Global Times draws to the attention of the common people that from the official point of view, a divergence of interest distinguishes between a conflict and a revolution, in a conflict, there can be concessions, but the revolution will never give way. I suggest that everyone should listen to the tips of the Global Times. in order to avoid overreaction from officials, each action should clearly advocate a certain set of interests, you mustn’t try to bring forward democracy and criticize officials on the scene of conflict. They do not believe in freedom or democracy, and make no difference between gentleman and villain. For the lion trainer, there are only two ways, the food reward or the whip, reasoning is useless.

Source: 1510, July 7 2012 -http://my1510.cn/article.php?id=80254

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