Public order disturbances in China are on the rise, a police spokesman said yesterday, further evidence of growing instability that the ruling Communist Party is struggling to curb.
China has been grappling with an acknowledged increase in social unrest, sparked by public anger over issues ranging from land grabs without proper compensation and official corruption to a yawning wealth gap.
The Ministry of Public Security put the total number of“public order disturbances, obstructions of justice, gathering of mobs and stirring up of trouble”at 87,000 last year, up 6.6 percent from 2004.
While the ministry did not say how many people had been arrested or charged, the figure reinforces a tally of“mass incidents”Communist jargon for mass protests ?which showed a 28 percent rise from 2003 to 2004.
然而公安部並無指出有多少人被逮捕獲起訴 — 該數字更加證明群眾事件的紀錄 — 共產黨稱之為大型示威，大型示威事件從2003到2004年間，上升了百分之二十八。
Ministry spokesman Wu Heping declined to give a figure for mass incidents last year.
“Demands by masses have emerged due to rapid economic and social development. Communist Party committees and governments at all levels attach a high degree of importance to this problem,”Wu told a news conference.
New national emergency response measures require local officials to get news of unrest straight into the hands of central leaders. It is common for local authorities to cover up such incidents to avoid hurting their chances of promotion.