Demonstrations can be a loud, disruptive, and sometimes destructive form of expression. Aside from provoking attention, most demonstrations fail to yield effective outcomes. In Southern China, the growing instances of labour protests have sparked governmental concerns. Though demonstrations are unlawful in the country, the Chinese government has resisted complete repression. Instead, they have been known to assist the protestors by facilitating favourable outcomes. This is referred to as a “street as a courtroom” phenomenon. Law professor Xin (Frank) He from the City University of Hong Kong explains this anomaly.
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Labour protests: Bringing the courtroom into the streets of Southern China. (2009). Knowledge@SMU.
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