Student Marxists Want China to Return to Its Roots
This year marks two anniversaries for student protests in China: 1989’s Tiananmen Square and the 1919 protests nearby against foreign occupation credited with inspiring the county’s communist revolution. Those anniversaries are cues for disaffected students, spurred by income inequalities, who say their country has gone capitalist and urge a return to Marxist values.
How’s the government reacting? Mass arrests of students, activists and workers are quietly taking place across the country, which experts say is more about stopping organized dissent than about ideology. But the tactic’s becoming popular, with labor protesters and others continuing to rally behind red banners.