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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • who would have thought a one-party state

  • wouldn’t approve of democracy?!

  • Hi, and welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I’m your host Chris Chappell.

  • You know,

  • a lot of people have said

  • that China just isn’t ready for democracy.

  • There’s too many people

  • who aren’t educated enough,

  • and as former Chinese minister

  • of Foreign Affairs, Li Zhaoxing said,

  • transportation is not developed in some places,

  • so direct election will be difficult.”

  • Yes,

  • bad roads are the reason

  • China doesn’t have democracy.

  • Doesn’t stop New York, though.

  • But back to Chinese democracy!

  • Highly anticipated for years,

  • promised but pushed back multiple times,

  • and then ultimately banned in China

  • for being too controversial.

  • Wait,

  • that's the well-intentioned but ultimately mediocre

  • Guns N’ Roses album.

  • Never thought that Axl Rose

  • would be one of the most woke celebrities

  • on China.

  • But for real Chinese democracy,

  • look no further than Wukan Village

  • in China’s Southern Guangdong Province.

  • In 2011,

  • the entire village erupted into protests.

  • Their local communist officials

  • were taking villagersland

  • and selling it to real estate developers

  • for huge profits.

  • Something that's happened in countless villages

  • across China for years.

  • But in Wukan,

  • villagers put up barricades

  • and kicked out the officials.

  • But instead of villagers getting Tiananmen Square’d,

  • this guy stepped in:

  • Wang Yang,

  • the Party Secretary for Guangdong Province.

  • Surprisingly,

  • instead of brutally crushing the protesters,

  • he let the Wukan villagers

  • vote for new officials.

  • And they elected this guy,

  • Lin Zuluan,

  • one of the protest leaders.

  • This was an unprecedented moment

  • in modern Chinese history,

  • where the Communist Party backed down

  • in the face of protests,

  • and allowed for real democratic elections.

  • Media began referring to it

  • as the Wukan model.

  • Some people thought that soon

  • this kind of local-level democracy

  • could be implemented everywhere across China.

  • So let’s look in and see how it’s doing five years later.

  • Oh, well that didn’t last long, did it?

  • Yes,

  • apparently the Wukan model is to briefly allow democracy,

  • and then crush it.

  • Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”

  • And you know what?

  • Even during the period when democracy worked in Wukan,

  • it didn’t really work.

  • After villagers elected Lin Zuluan to represent them,

  • he found himself immediately blocked from doing,

  • well,

  • anything -

  • by officials the next level up.

  • So five years later,

  • much of the land taken from villagers

  • has still not been returned.

  • Frustrated by this,

  • three months ago Lin Zuluan had threatened

  • to bring his people back out on to the streets.

  • Unbelievable!

  • How dare he ask for the thing

  • that he was promised five years ago?

  • Arrest this man!

  • Ha ha, just kidding.

  • What’s that Shelley?

  • Oh.

  • They did arrest him.

  • Not for threatening to hold public protests, mind you.

  • But for taking tens of thousands of dollars

  • in bribes and kickbacks.

  • And if you think those are just trumped-up charges,

  • you couldn’t be more wrong.

  • While being detained by authorities,

  • Lin admitted to the charges!

  • And by admitted,

  • I mean confessed on state-run CCTV.

  • So you know it’s legit.

  • Good thing they suddenly discovered his bribes and kickbacks

  • right before he was about to mobilize those pesky protesters!

  • And last week,

  • they formally sentenced Lin Zuluan

  • to three years in prison.

  • That makes Lin now the third democratically elected village official

  • involved with the 2011 Wukan protests

  • to be imprisoned by authorities.

  • Two others were jailed in 2014.

  • And there you have it:

  • Proof that democracy is a terrible idea,

  • because clearly

  • the uninformed citizens only elect criminals.

  • But for some reason,

  • Wukan villagers seem to suspect

  • something fishy is going on.

  • After Lin Zuluan was arrested in June,

  • they started protesting his detention.

  • Oddly enough,

  • while waving the flag and shouting

  • long live the Communist Party.”

  • I know it looks like there’s some kind of disconnect here.

  • But actually, it's pretty smart, in a way.

  • Can the Communist Party really accuse you of subverting state power

  • when you're cheering for them?

  • What are they going to do,

  • crack down on these people?

  • Back to that in a moment.

  • We have so much footage of the protests in Wukan

  • partly because Western media have been reporting from there.

  • And authorities have been trying to drive the reporters out.

  • Back in June,

  • one BBC reporter expressed his concern that

  • if he were to leave,

  • riot police might be sent in.

  • But that’s silly, as one local official assured him.

  • It's only that reporter's fantasy!

  • The reporter eventually left for a while.

  • And guess what?

  • His fantasy came true!

  • The riot police were sent in to restore social harmony,

  • bearing peace offerings of tear gas and rubber bullets.

  • So now it’s time to ask the most important question of all:

  • Who’s fault is it?

  • Fortunately, my favorite state-run media,

  • Global Times,

  • has done a thorough investigation.

  • According to this editorial,

  • some foreign media have been unscrupulously inciting,

  • planning, and directing chaos.”

  • Yes,

  • foreign mediaare to blame!

  • Those unscrupulous Western reporters have been stirring up trouble

  • just so they can camp out for weeks

  • in some podunk village in the backwaters of China

  • and promote their agenda of so-calledhuman rights

  • to undermine the Communist Party!

  • But you know what really undermines the Communist Party?

  • Democracy.

  • Free elections.

  • Because if people are allowed to elect their own representatives,

  • and those representatives are actually permitted to do their jobs,

  • then how can the Communist Party control things?

  • The truth is,

  • while the Communist Party is in power,

  • it’s never going to give up control.

  • In fact,

  • theleadership of the Communist Party

  • is literally written into the Chinese constitution.

  • So yeah,

  • that’s not going away.

  • And anyone who tries to change the status quo

  • can be in trouble.

  • Remember Wang Yang?

  • The Party Secretary of Guangdong Province five years ago?

  • Well,

  • he was the one who arranged for Wukan to have those elections

  • in the first place.

  • And at the time, it seemed like a clever way

  • of avoiding unrest while making the Party look good.

  • But a lot of his political opponents,

  • including people in the decrepit-toad-with-glasses faction,

  • were upset that Wang allowed this democratic experiment to happen.

  • Some analysts say that now,

  • Wang Yang’s political rivals are actually the ones

  • behind the events that led up to the new Wukan protests this year.

  • Because the chaos shows that Wang’s experiment failed.

  • And making Wang look bad is part of a political strategy,

  • because word on the street is that

  • Wang’s homie-in-chief, Xi Jinping,

  • may be looking to place Wang in a new position,

  • where he would replace one of these political rivals.

  • That would be harder to do if Wang is discredited.

  • And Jiang Zemin's faction really needs a win right now,

  • because one of their own just got purged.

  • Oh sorry,

  • I meanplaced under investigation for corruption.”

  • Basically, it’s China’s Game of Thrones.

  • So what do you think?

  • Leave your comments below.

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  • Once again, I’m Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time!

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