A mainstay of the Chinese Communist Party for over sixty years has been to never admit to an error or to feeling sorry about decisions. The people of Wukan in south China erupted in protests over the past several months, particularly when one of the village representatives mysteriously died while in prison. Infuriated people demanded action and insisted they had a right to speak their minds. In an amazing turn around, protest leader, Lin Zulan, was appointed to the position of the town’s new Communist party leader.
As one told the media: “We didn’t expect the authorities to agree to us choosing Mr. Lin. After all, we are rebels. This is the first case in which a man on the government’s wanted list has become the party secretary of a village.” I guess even Chinese Communists can say, “we are sorry.” What next, an actual free election?