The Incontiguous Brick

June 23, 2007

Chinese pot calls the kettle black

Filed under: China,Our World — iknowkeith @ 8:12 pm

In a fantastic example of hypocrisy, Chinese officials have announced their determination to arrest and prosecute the owners of a brick factory full of slaves. These slavers kept their workers in slave conditions for years. Many of the slaves were taken at the young age of eight to work for years in horrible conditions for no pay.

Ironic statement for a government that caused the death of 500,000 people during the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” and kept its population in slave-like conditions from 1949 to 1978. From 1966-1969 millions of students were forced to relocate to the western farmlands to work as peasants in slave-like conditions. It is estimated that half a million people died (mostly of starvation) during this period. Funny… sounds like slavery to me.

Only in the last 30 years China has begun to see greater freedoms as economic reforms have been slowly instituted. Now China is a mostly free society other than the freedom of choosing their government, religion, schooling, right to protest, and free speech. Other than that there is no precedent for slavery in China.

Here is a picture of the recently “freed” slaves…
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Here are some pictures from the cultural revolution period…
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See the difference? Me neither.

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