China blockades streets around military building as hundreds protest in capital

by Reuters  |  published on October 11, 2016

ChinaPolice in the Chinese capital on Tuesday blocked off streets near a major military building, as hundreds of people wearing green camouflage uniforms chanted and waved national flags to protest against the loss of their posts.

China last year announced it would cut troop levels by 300,000, targeting the bulk of the reductions by the end of 2017, as it seeks to spend more money on high-tech weapons for its navy and air force.

Tens of thousands of protests take place in China every year, triggered by grievances over corruption, pollution, illegal land grabs and other factors, unnerving the stability-obsessed ruling Communist Party.

  • CHRISTOPHER BOWEN

    Chinese army is a business and full employment project, not a military organization. The Generals run many businesses ‘owned’ by the Army. To dismiss 300,000 young males could create major social problems. The Party is now clamping down on all dissent and any sources of public demonstration. Keep tuned!

  • Rodney Steward

    I guess these men are worried, the military was the only thing that was keeping a lot of people alive from starvation, they took care of the military families, now these will starve!

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