Online reports of the many popular protests in China are made to disappear quickly by officials who want to write a more harmonious account of modern Chinese history. These things never happened! Remember, or rather don’t remember. Most of the links here don’t work because of the harmonization campaign.
The story of the Zhili Township riot is being taken down by censors on some Chinese websites. According to a web report at <a href=”http://blog.renren.com/share/142702924/9591040902″ rel=”nofollow”>blog.renren.com/share/142702924/9591040902</a> that collects web photos from microblogs and elsewhere, small and medium businesspeople in Zhili Township protested against rapidly rising taxes. According to the web report, “It is amazing that it has taken this long for an anti-tax protest to break out in China where the tax burden is especially high. The Zhili Township, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province anti-tax protests sends a signal. The people can no longer accept a high tax burden. It is very likely that these protests will spread. Over the past three quarters, the taxes have risen at three times the rate of GDP growth. China’s macro tax burden is nearly 40 percent, that is very high. Wenzhou merchants run away to escape, Huzhou merchants take to the streets to protest taxes. The root is the excessive tax burden. The margin of survival for small and medium sized private businesses is constantly getting narrower.” In Chinese 在税负奇高的中国，到今天才爆发一起影响力较大的抗税事件，已是奇迹。湖州织里抗税，只是一个信号，表明民众已不堪高额税负，极可能成蔓延之势。