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  1. Mabel Kwong
    Mabel Kwong November 20, 2016 at 10:05 am |

    “It was weird. ” Well it did sound like a fun Saturday. It’s always nice to have that community spirit in your neighbourhood. If you need anything like a tall ladder to change that lightbulb and they have one, you can call on them. It sounded like a very organised march and no harm was intended. But not big enough to generate a media storm. Then again, it was the building company the group wanted to shout out to – and maybe they heard it.

    Here in Australia, there are protests or rallies almost every other week. Some of them are big enough to stop trams in the city for a few hours here in Melbourne, and it usually happens on a Saturday afternoon. Saturday afternoon, now there’s the trend – maybe it’s a good time for working professionals to demand change since they are out of the office, in the face of others who are enjoying their day. But it is a practical move. A lot of these protests in Melbourne usually make the news regardless of how many turn up. All a rally needs to do to get some media attention is either march in a big number, dress up in costume or hold up slogans. Also, flag waving pretty much almost guarantees media attention.

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  2. Marta
    Marta November 21, 2016 at 6:09 am |

    Yes!! You gotta fight for your rights!! I guess all those things you were protesting for were in the contract, so you paid money for them, so they should give you those damn trees, glasses and a/c. Why should the construction company get away with it and keep the money? Burn them all!!! And I guess you might really feel the difference in double glass regarding noise reduction and better insulation, and the promised A/C units were probably better and more expensive than the ones they put. Chinese companies always try to cut costs and hope no one will notice.

    BTW, there are a lot of protests in China according to wikipedia. I have read news about many, the last big one I remember was before the summer when they changed the admission quotas in Jiangsu universities and parents complained in Nanjing I think it was. The only one I have seen in person was in Hongqiao airport, the people living nearby were complaining that the planes passed too close to their homes (they had scary pictures proving it, and also banners). I’ve also sometimes seen people complaining in Beijing, but they were basically one person with a banner by the entrance of a government building.

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  3. Marta
    Marta November 24, 2016 at 9:20 am |

    Zhou! New York Style Pizza is opening in Suzhou on Saturday!! Yesss!

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