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China’s Party School Proposes Legalizing Heavy Punishments for Participants in Group Protests

On December 27, 2011, Qiushi Theory, a political theory periodical of the Chinese Communist Party Central Party School and the CCP Central Committee, reprinted an article from 2010 on how to deal with group protests in China. The article was first published in a journal of the CCP Sichuan Provincial Party School and Sichuan Provincial Cadre Education College called Theory and Reform. According to the article, group protests have recently been increasing rapidly in China. Although most “mass incidents” in China are just demands for self-interest rather than “anti-society,” they may “intensify existing social conflicts and cause chaos in the whole socio-economic system.” After an analysis of the costs (risks) and benefits of a “mass incident” to the organizers and participants, the article’s author proposed legalizing heavy punishments for the individual organizers and participants so that the high risk will discourage anyone from joining a protest. Meanwhile, the government must control the media and “correctly guide” the media so as to prevent more people from joining in.

Source: Qiushi Theory, December 27, 2011