Officials Admit Existence of Grievances Before Violent Protest

Here is the official explanation to the protest happened last week, which was sparked by the controversial death of a young female student:

At a panel discussion on the protest on Wednesday, officials from the provincial and local governments said local authorities in Weng’an County had failed to solve disputes over mines, demolition of homes for city building, relocation of residents for reservoir construction, reform of state-owned enterprises and many other issues.

“Some legitimate interests (of the people) were not effectively protected, and some people bore grievances,” said a Guizhou Daily report on Thursday.

The quotes are from a post in Xinhua, the state news agency.

The next question to ask, after admitting that some people’s legitimate interests were not cared for, is who was responsible and what to do next.

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