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Internet organizes 'Coffee parties' to counter US 'Tea parties'

In response to the 'Tea Parties','Coffee parties' are now being organized online in the US, and the Chinese blogosphere reacts to a new case of corruption involving a government official.

USA: Coffee party

First there was the Tea Party Movement, an American group questioning Barack Obama’s policies now there is also the Coffee Party movement, a progressive alternative. It started on the Internet and last Saturday saw it’s first day of national demonstrations, with hundreds of meetings organized throughout the country. The movement aims to support leaders who seek positive solutions to problems and denounce those who systematically obstruct any form of progress.

In under two months, over 150 000 people have joined this Facebook group which is getting bigger by the day.
 

In this video the initiator of the movement, Annabel Park, talks about how it all began.
 

They see themselves then as an alternative to the Tea party Movement. Their only point in common is their desire to get citizens involved in political debate. But contrary to the Tea Crowd, who sometimes resort to extreme methods to make themselves heard, the coffee crowd preaches round table discussion.

 

And on their site, this group which believes diversity is strength, asks members to respect other people’s opinions. And if these two movements are not officially affiliated to any political party, they will undoubtedly have a lot of influence during the mid- term elections in November.
 

Corrupt chinese government official arrested

The web has once again been responsible for incriminating a corrupt government official in China. Han feng, a tobacco bureau division chief in the southern province of Guangxi, was arrested after his intimate diary was exposed on the Internet at the end of February by the husband of one his ex-mistresses.
 

In addition to the many bribes he accepted over recent years, this 53 year old government official also talked about his sexual exploits with five mistresses and alcohol fueled dinners with other government officials. A life of debauchery, which has created a scandal on the Chinese web.
 

And whilst many web users were indeed outraged by these revelations, a lot of them were not surprised.
http://www.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/no04/bc5232b98467e564e5cf62fc0048001c/1/0/1.shtml

This blogger, who is very influential in China, thinks that Han Feng is a relatively honest official. He says the value of the bribes Han Feng accepted and the number of mistresses he kept pale in comparison to most Government officials in the country.
 

The blogger has asked his readers what they think should happen to Han Feng. Over 200 000 people took part in the survey and 96 % of them believe he should have kept his job.

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