Rise of the Planet of the Humans
The blows heard around the world may come from a relatively small Chinese village but social media is preventing the Communist regime from keeping it quiet.
It won’t work. At least one journalist is inside Wukan, and the social media has plenty of experience outwitting dictators.
The people, near Hong Kong, are reportedly fed up with the Communist regime’s officials allowing their underlings to take property and hand it to developers to flip it to get rich quick.
It is the first time Beijing has lost control of a governmental unit since the early days of the Mao regime.
Unlike most of the Occupy events elsewhere, there has been at least one death. One Chinese YouTube video shows a local woman being assaulted with a baton by a policewoman. She blows it off like Jackie Chan. Food has been cut off, no fishing is allowed and the village is on lockdown.
But in some ways it must be more frustrating than the U.S. and Europe. There are jobs. But what do you do with the money?
Around the world social media is waking sleeping people who gone from being ants to becoming giants. It is almost like the story of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The New Yorker is calling Putin's Russia the Civil Archipelago.
Social media could be the equivalent of the drug they are given in the movie. I know the power of apes and chimpanzees, because I was knocked down by a gorilla in a primate center in a jungle in Gabon. A chimpanzee distracted the 400-pound gorilla so I could flee.
At times in the movie, as a big battle is fought on the Golden Gate bridge the seemingly overpowered chimpanzees and gorillas are reminiscent of American Indians fighting the Calvary on horseback in the fog.Continued on the next page