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Chinese street vendors lash out against police tyranny

 
In early June, police abuse against a poor street vendor sparked a popular uprising…Sound familiar? The scenario is oddly reminiscent of that of the story of Mohammed Bouazizi, the young man whose death kick-started the Tunisian revolution. Only this time, the revolts took place in Southern China. Read more...
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‘Jasmine Revolution’ fails to launch

 
Inspired by the events taking place across the Middle East and North Africa, human rights activists and organisers made a call to protest across 13 cities in China. With only a couple of hundred people in attendance and a significant police presence, the protests ended two hours later. Read more…
 
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Chinese police arrest, Marx brothers style

 
The following video of an action-packed arrest by Chinese policemen seems pulled straight out of a Marx Brothers movie. Read more and watch the video…
 
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“Fried worm is not real Chinese food!”

 
Foreigners who travel to China often come back with grizzly tales of the weird and wonderful things they had to eat there: silk worms, dried seahorses or even sheep penises. But our Chinese Observer say most locals would never put such things in their mouths. Read more…
 
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Elusive 'blood map' founder speaks out: “Evictions are China’s bleeding wound”

The anonymous founder of a Google map tracking violent incidents linked to forced evictions across China generally refuses to talk to foreign media. He fears that his project, dubbed the “Blood real-estate Map”, will spark anti-Chinese sentiment abroad. Read more…

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Nobel peace prize: “In the long term, this prize may help bring about a new era of democracy in China”

Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel peace prize on October 8. One of our Observers, Wu Wei, who has known the jailed dissident for years, spoke to FRANCE 24 via webcam – defying the Chinese government's condemnation of the award. Watch the video...

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"You're fat", mail campaign tells Shanghai residents

How do you tell 20-odd million people they need to watch their weight? Shanghai authorities have opted for the not-so-subtle hint of sending their constituents a tape measure by post. Read more...

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China's anti-Japan protests: "We refuse to continue being humiliated"

Escalating tensions between Japan and China reached a high point on Sunday after Beijing broke off diplomatic ties with Japan and anti-Japanese protests were held in several Chinese cities. Read more...

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Chinese high schools crack down on 'unauthorised' haircuts

In China, rules concerning the haircuts allowed in schools and high schools are very strict. Anything vaguely funky, such as bangs or (gasp!) a perm, is verboten. One Chinese school chose to get the message across with a humorous (and a tad cruel), illustrated billboard. Read more...

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The risky business of being a Chinese 'hooligan'

Chinese football fans clashed with riot police on the night of August 18 at the Hanghai stadium in Zhengzhou, leaving dozens of supporters injured. Read more and see the photos...

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