Chinese Veterans Protest Poor Social Security

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More than a thousand veterans from two Chinese cities staged separate protests earlier this week on the same issue. They're appealing to authorities to provide them with a better social safety net. The veterans say they're not getting the medical and social security benefits that they are entitled to under Chinese law.

A large number of China's veterans are finding themselves in impoverished conditions because they are not getting social support. Many have organized protests demanding their benefits.

In southern Guangxi province, hundreds of Vietnam War veterans stopped traffic on Monday as they marched through Guilin City. They say since they returned from war, they have not received any benefits from the Chinese regime.

The demonstration remained peaceful, with the veterans stopping at the Guilin City government building.

One government staff member was reluctant to share details of the protest when NTD contacted him on Tuesday.

[Guilin City Government Staff]:
"Go ask the Guilin City police station."

Also on Monday, more than a thousand former military members gathered in Yantai City in eastern Shandong province. They say authorities have failed to protect their entitlements, after their military status was removed, and they were reassigned as civilian workers.

[Demobilized Cadre]:
"We're legally calling for our rights as retired military service members. There are a lot of laws in place about how we should be treated, but local authorities do not carry them out. Until these policies are implemented, we'll continue to call for our rights."