Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Protesting Patriots in China: Correspondent Simon Montlake was in Shanghai, China, to cover the widening political scandal over the plundering of a $1.2 billion pension fund. He'd heard that there was a regular weekly citizen protest over land seizures or something, and decided to investigate while he was in town.

"I checked into a hotel in Shanghai, and as soon as I walked outside I could hear people chanting. About 100 pensioners were just down the street, protesting outside the Social Security office. They were quite orderly, with printed signs," he says.

Simon admits that in most countries this would not be a particularly exciting event. But in China such protests are not often around long enough to be witnessed by foreigners. "The police were there, but just watching. So, I went over and spoke to a few of the protesters - while trying not to draw too much attention to myself because the police would likely remove me," he says.

The grievances of the demonstrators, Simon learned, stemmed from the era of the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. …

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