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MCDONALD’S SHUTDOWN IN CHINA BRINGS FEARS OF WIDER PROTESTS
February 28 2011
Oak Brook, IL – Civil unrest is nothing new, though in the year 2011 it would appear that human beings had reinvented the tool dramatically. With protests happening literally all over the world, from the Middle East to Africa, from the United States to
China, civil instability and out and out revolutions have defined the first two months of this decade and as those events continue to cascade it appears likely that many countries are going to see some form of rebellion in their borders.
While it is unlikely that the majority of nations will see the level of unrest that we have witnessed in Egypt and Libya, it is all a measure of degrees of tolerance and the relative impact on the viability of the country. Widespread unrest in a major economic power, for example, would be far more disruptive than it was in a tiny nation such as Tunisia. Part of those degrees is also the ability of the nation in question to deal with unrest, the related loss and gain of the individuals involved. There is no country where that is more in flux than in China
which is enjoying rapid economic growth but still lags far behind in social development.
Now in this year of protest has reached that country resulting in robust crackdowns and even the closing of a Beijing McDonald’s which only served to exacerbate the aggression of protestors.
“We are very concerned about the global unrest in all corners of the nation. These events seem far away, isolated from the safe shores of the United States but even here we have seen the unhappiness of people being expressed in civil unrest,” said s spokesperson for McDonalds. “As a multi-national company we have a strong connection with people all around the world and connect to them through common experience. Whenever that common experience is infiltrated upon it risks the freedom of human expression and the connection we all have to one another. We urge the Chinese authorities to respect all human freedoms and to not tread upon people’s ability to choose high quality and low cost meals at our restaurants.”
The McDonald’s location, one of the most successful in the chain, reopened after a few hours.
“There are few people who could have predicted what has happened in the last few months. While everyone was certain of instability and dissatisfaction in these countries, I don’t think anyone would have been able to predict the kind of wave of rebellion that has come over the world,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “There is certainly great advantage to these events, most significantly the new and potentially really viable relationships that can be forged with governments more in tune with western ideals. However this fever seems to have infected the entire world. No one would expect that a rebellion in Tunisia would result in striking teachers in Wisconsin but they are all interrelated in kind of nebulous way.”
McDonald’s reported record revenue for the restaurant near the Wisconsin State Capital building.
“Obviously many of these countries will never be the same again. They have fundamentally shifted the makeup of their country and in the process stood up for the downtrodden in ways that have never been done before in nations where this kind of thing simply does not happen,” continued Hander. “McDonald’s will be the same of course. Sure they lost a little bit of coin by the Chinese shut down but those dollars were picked up in other places. However if these protests continue to spread it’s entirely possible that we will see more disruptions in their business, and in the politics of these countries.”
McDonald’s has reportedly sent feelers out to the leaders of the rebel groups in Libya and already scouted locations in that country.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent