Editorial condemns use of violence in protests

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2011, 12:00am


The Chinese-language edition of the Global Times, a state-run newspaper affiliated with People's Daily, issued a strongly worded condemnation yesterday of the use of violence to protest against social injustice.

It mentions two incidents in the past week - the bombing of a government building in Tianjin , and an attack in which a female CCTV employee had her nose cut. The editorial also criticised internet users who say the acts represent the weak standing up to the government.

'All those who take their revenge on society should be punished in accordance with the law, and the courts must not be influenced by the online defence of the perpetrator,' it said.

The editorial also said that people who advocated the use of 'violence to fight the government and social injustice' were 'back-pedalling in society,' adding that the way to eliminate injustice was to improve the rule of law, not use the law of the jungle.

It urged government officials to stand up and denounce violence, because 'the unclear stance of the government will create the illusion that such supporters of violence are taking the moral high ground'.