There are scattered reports of riots/demonstrations in China, mainly about corruption, but also over forced abortion in certain rural areas.

It is unclear if such protests are new, or if the news about protests were censored in past years.

Most Americans know about the massacre of democracy protesters in China’s Tiananmen Square 18 years ago, but discussing it has always been taboo in China. But now there has been a meeting of families of those killed, who are asking for justice on their loved ones deaths.

Members of the “Tiananmen Mothers” organized a discussion in Beijing last week to collect testimony on the events and to renew calls for an apology and compensation from the government, Human Rights in China said.

Transcripts of their round-table meeting, which drew more than 20 relatives of victims of the crackdown, were released by New York-based Human Rights in China days ahead of the 18th anniversary of the June 4 violence.

China is eagerly planning to host the  2008 Olympics, but several groups are using the Olympics to pressure China to change their policies on both Dafur and on sending North Korean refugees back to that terrible land.

The full report of the “Tiananmen mothers” can be found HERE. 

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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