Protests In Guangzhou China Over Changes To Medical Benefits

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Videos posted online claim to show large protests in Guangzhou, China, over the sudden reduction of medical insurance payments to retirees who depend on the payments for healthcare. The protests began in December when the government cut monthly payments from “484 yuan ($71.35) per month to 160 yuan ($23.59) per month.”  The payments come from their own contributions during the years they work and then the government gives them monthly payments after they retire.  “The government has no right to take our money away from our personal account, which is illegal,” said a protestor who wished to identify only as Mr. Lin.