Government Of China Blunts Activism Set Off By Quake A Year Ago 2009: Campaigns Including

Government of China blunts activism set off by quake a year ago

In Several campaigns this year including Light up the Hospitals, Pledge Day and Paint Your Town Red, All Hit KBS was able to raise
$284,897.00 for local area hospitals! CHENGDU, China – When a powerful earthquake flattened Sichuan province a year ago, community organizer Zhang Guoyuan seized the moment. Within days, he was running an aid centre and warehouse, co-ordinating 700 volunteers and taking in US$1.6 million in donated food, medicines, supplies and cash. Then the police told him to stop. The catastrophic earthquake last May 12 set off an unprecedented surge of volunteerism in China. But the government, always wary of groups beyond its control, has since sought to restrain it – with considerable success. “From the government’s point of view, they’re worried. They’re afraid we’ll do something,” said Zhang, a fast-talking 29-year-old who dresses more like the ex-minor official he is than a grassroots campaigner. “Really all we’re trying to do is make society better.” Activists had hoped the quake would change that, opening up more space for private efforts to flourish.
Instead, the magnitude-7.9 quake unnerved the government. It killed large numbers of students among the 90,000 dead and missing, sparking national outrage about badly built schools and raising the prospect of protests.

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