A Troubling Yet Perfect Picture of the State


A satire artist couldn’t have drawn it better: A government official presses his foot to the back of protestor in western China, holding his finger on the trigger of a gun pointed directly at his head.

To be sure, this picture that ran in The Washington Post on Saturday lacks context, and may not tell the full story. In case you haven’t been following the protests that are occuring in the far corner of China, a minority group of ethnic Turks called Uighurs have been clashing with Chinese forces over the past week.

For background, The Economist has more on the story.

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