By John Galt
June 13, 2011
From Reuters this morning:
The importance of this is not that it was reported but that a riot occurred at all. It would appear that the long simmering conflict between the numerous manufacturers with the migrant workers from the interior of China has gone into a full boil. The key statement from the article:
The rioters smashed windows, set fire to government buildings and overturned police vehicles, bringing to a climax anger over security guards who had set upon the hawker, Wang Lianmei, on Friday. Footage showed riot police firing tear gas and deploying armoured vehicles to disperse the crowds, and handcuffing protesters.
This is a very sensitive region for the Communist Party of China because of its proximity to Hong Kong and Macau and the brewing conflict in the South China Sea, not to mention the foreign investment community possibly shying away from expansion due to domestic discontent in that state. Needless to say the authorities will enforce law and order with an iron fist to avert the idea of an Arab spring becoming a Shanghai Summer.