My First Protest February, 2015
We are in Jingzhou, Qing's home town in Hubei Province.
We went out with Ben for a walk, and the Jingzhou district government compound is less than a block away. The district is an urban subdivision, akin to a ward in Chicago, though much bigger than a ward.
The district compound is a series of small buildings, like a small university campus, some offices, some residences. Leafy, low key, surrounded by the usual wall with three entrances, or gates. Buildings look old, a bit decrepit, although probably built in the early 1980s. Qing says this area was pretty and clean and orderly when she was growing up.
Now, it is different.