Despotism 101: Communist Officials Train to Disperse Unrest

February 24, 2009 2:22 am Last Updated: July 9, 2012 10:05 am

The directors of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) some 3,000 county level Public Security Bureaus are set to go through a training course on quashing mass dissent.

According to Radio Free Asia, the first group, consisting of 450 directors, arrived Wednesday in Beijing for a 10-day course. A further 6 sessions, which are expected to last half a year, have been planned for the remaining 2,630 bureau directors, according to an announcement on the communist regime’s website for the Ministry of Public Security.

In communist China, apart from what could be considered the normal government, at every level, there exist the communist party secretaries. Not long ago, the county-level secretaries of the communist party received this training and now the directors’ of public security get their turn.

That the Chinese regime is going to such lengths to train county level entities on counter-unrest measures shows its anxiety about the current societal stability in China, says social analyst Liu Xiaozhu says.

“In the past, top communist party officials would let the local police quell the unrest, with any means,” said Liu. “Recently across the country the mass incidents of unrest have been taking place on larger scales—many have spread across different areas—and this trend has gained momentum… simple crackdowns may not work too well anymore.“

“Top officials have begun to realize how serious the unrests have turned out to be. Currently if the usual suppression tactics are used, most likely an even larger scale incident would occur and this could even spread into nationwide turmoil,” Liu says.

A local police official in Guangdong Province said different training sessions for officials often take place. Though this one seems a little unusual, he thinks the training will not have much effect.

“We have gone through many training sessions. We all know what they will do to for us. We just take few days off, relax and have some fun. Though it may sound like the top level wants to find a solution to curb large-scale unrest, the truth is that not many officials who participate in the training treat it seriously.”

Government run media report that the regime wants to nip social disorder in the bud by improving the skills of local officials through training. In the mean time, CCP mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency, said the regime considerers 2009 as a likely climax for unrest given continuous economic deterioration and the rise of the unemployment rate.

Liu Xiaozhu thinks, however, that dissatisfaction with the communist regime has reached the point where unrest can only be prevented through uprooting the cause of these problems.
“On one hand, senior officials send the lower-level officials to confront the crowds in a protest or riot. On the other hand, they will train the local police to control the disaffected crowds more effectively. Seemingly this is the right way to solve these problems.

However, if the officials do not change their traits of repressing and exploiting ordinary people, sooner or later, those people will rise up and fight for their interests, and no one can stop that from happening,” said Liu.

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