The revolution as the engine of social progress: the protests in Wukan

The revolution as the engine of social progress: the protests in Wukan

Social revolutions are the engine of human cultural evolution. They are exceptional events, often violent and traumatic, illuminated by that guide to which every human being aspires in this life, freedom.

Either from the Revolutionary France from 1790 to the still in the making Arab SpringThese revolutions transform the organizations of the Nations, the configuration of the social strata and the dominant ideologies.

Today, in 2012, we may be more aware than ever, of the power of the citizens and how it, united, has the ability to influence political development directly.

May, and this is nothing more than my own reflectionThat it is this globalization that has done so much harm in many ways, the one that is facilitating and the one that will facilitate in this second decade of the 21st century the culmination of the new political and cultural models that are already being generated and that do not mean anything other than an increase in the real interaction of society in the future of States.

After last year the world was shocked by the riots in the Arab world, which have only just begun, another great giant of repression and corruption is beginning to feel the effects of a people that stretches seeking justice. China seems to be consolidating itself as the epicenter of future changes in the Asian world.

It has recently become known that in the coastal town of WukanIn China, its citizens have managed to do justice, they have managed to win their first pulse against corruption.

The popular rebellion It began last September when the region's peasantry fed up with the constant forced expropriations by local officials to develop land with luxury complexes, became aware of their situation and decided to confront what was unfair to them.

The popular uprising did not demand more than the return of what by right belonged to them, lands that they had inherited from their parents and grandparents and that with their sweat they had worked all their lives with great determination. The government's response was immediate and Wukan was besieged by the military.

The repression was harsh, there were prisoners, torture and murders, such as that of the leader of the uprising, Xue Jinbo, who died after alleged police torture. Surely everything would have ended in a brutal repression and the summary execution of those responsible, but here is that globalized world, that "Global village”I commented, it has its virtues, such as the easy and quick expansion of news, events, ideologies, and change.

The citizens of Wukan, making use of new technologies and with the help of the displaced media, they gave an international impact to the movement, and thanks to this they have managed, at least for the moment, to be heard and attended to in their requests, managing to overthrow a rotten local political group.

Wukan is just one of the 182,000 social conflicts recorded in the Asian countryAnd this small conquest, which I repeat again is nothing but the return and reparation of that which legitimately belongs to them, has been a small glimmer of hope for many men and women immersed in conflicts of a similar nature.

Who knows if maybe we are at the beginning of a chinese social revolution, a new era of progress in the field of fundamental rights, now that the Asian world is increasingly gaining international relevance.


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