Chinese Academics Are Openly Warning Of ‘Violent Revolution’ Without Reform

Monday, December 31, 2012
By Paul Martin

Agence France Presse
BusinessInsider.com
Dec 31 2012

A group of Chinese intellectuals has called on the government to implement urgent political reforms and respect human rights or risk “violent revolution”.

In an open letter 71 top academics warned that growing economic imbalances were fuelling social unrest and an uprising could erupt if reforms were not implemented immediately, Hu Xingdou, one of the signatories, told AFP Monday.

“If urgent systematic reforms needed by Chinese society continue to suffer setbacks and stagnate, then official corruption and social dissatisfaction will boil up to a crisis point,” said the letter, posted on the Internet last week.

“China will once again miss the opportunity for peaceful reform, and slip into the turbulence and chaos of violent revolution.”

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