China Road? Can the people move forward while bound in shackles?

A recent story in the WSJ about protests over the rape and death of a 16 year old student – the three plaintiffs (two of whom were related to local officials) were held for 24 hrs and released.  Saturday 500 students protested the death and were dispersed and beaten.  This angered the villagers and triggered a protest of 10,000 who set fire to police and government offices in protest to how local officials handled the investigation.  If China is on the road to wealth, prosperity, and a becoming a world superpower – can they get their without basic human rights – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to demonstrate/protest? 

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