blog 5- Uprisings

An uprising that I would like to talk about is one that happened in Shangpu village in China in 2013. In this uprising the farmers of the village are rebellion against the thugs that are trying to destroy their land. The catch is that these thugs were hired by the Chinese government so technically it is uprising against the government. They want to take over the villagers land and build a factory on it. The villagers are not having it, they constructed tents and barricades so that the thugs can not get to their land. This is not a one time occasion. In fact, this has happened two times. The farmers chased the thugs into a field and threw rocks at them to protect themselves. They said they acted in self defense because these thugs were throwing bricks at the villagers injuring some of them. The thugs knew that they were going to face some sort of rebellion because they attacked the villagers with hard hats on. The villagers were fighting for their land and more importantly their livelihood. Without this land for them to grow crops, they have no source of income. This operation is an attempt to put these farmers out of business and not allowing them to be able to support their families. In this particular situation social media does not have affect on the rebellion but a main reason is that all of China’s social media is censored. They live in a communist country and everything that you do the government is watching. If the government does not want something to get out because it makes their government look weak, they will make sure that it does not happen. 

Another uprising that I want to talk about is the uprising that is currently happening in Ukraine. Basically, President Victor Yanukovich promised the people of Ukraine that he would sign a huge trade agreement with the European Union and at the last second he backed out. This upset the Ukrainian people because with this agreement they were expecting a new, more democratic government that was ultimately less corrupt but instead they are leaning towards an alliance with Russia. There are now thousands of protestors in the streets of the Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and their are a series of violent protests between the cops and protestors. These Ukrainians are fighting for what they were promised by their President. They wanted a less corrupt government and a more democratic but instead they are leaning towards an Imperialistic form. This is putting a lot of tension between the United States and Russia because the US has intervened with the uprising. Russia is not happy that they are getting involved and that they are fueling the rebellion in Ukraine. This could cause problems between the two countries for years down the road. That is why this uprising is more important than most people think. This is making the people of Ukraine upset too because they are in a tug of war just to be controlled. They want to be free and have their own government not to be ruled by another country. Media coverage is playing a role on this rebellion because this is constantly on the news and the more and more people learn about this the more the people of Ukraine will fight for themselves. The more publicity they get the more drive and motivation they have to fight for their country. 

 

Langfitt, F. (2013, March 5). “Chinese Farmers Revolt Against Government Land Grab” : NPR.com Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2013/03/05/173495434/chinese-farmers-fight-against-government-land-grab

Snyder, M. (2014, February 25). » “What Is Happening In Ukraine Is Far More Important Than Most People Realize Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!” Retrieved from http://www.infowars.com/what-is-happening-in-ukraine-is-far-more-important-than-most-people-realize/

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