Silencing protest is big business in China, where the government spends as much on internal security as it does on the People’s Liberation Army.

Addressing the heads of government in Beijing is a very dangerous proposition for those who dare to do so.

All grievances are challenged by many strong-arm thugs who have been employed by the government to silence protesters by any means necessary.

These thugs work with the police and government officials and their only job is to quell dissent.

They lay in wait, like hungry alligators lurking in a tropical glade, outside the city’s vast government compounds.

These “security guards” number in the thousands and they have arrived from China’s different provinces to intercept petitioners outside the capital’s hot spots: Tiananmen Square, the United States Embassy, the State Petitions Office and the United Nations Development Program.

Some 10,000 protesters are expected to storm Beijing this coming week because the annual parliamentary meetings (the National People’s Congress [NPC] and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference [CPPCC]) are now open.

These meetings are expected to draw more than 5,000 politicians and delegates from all across China.

These meetings are especially attractive to protesters because this year, change is in the air and a new generation of leaders is slated to rule the nation.

There are idealistic protesters who still believe in the intrinsic goodness of their government and others who are determined to embarrass their leaders into shameful capitulation of their policies.

All protesters will be met with armed thugs who will block their passage.

This new industry has sprung up since 2005, when it became apparent that the success of local officials directly corresponded to how many petitioners complained on their watch.

“Petitioning is useless. I have no sympathy for these people. If they do not listen to us, we just beat them,” said one guard named Mr. Yu.

It would seem that the words “civil rights” are not those that can be easily translated into Chinese.

One sad state of affairs.




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.