“…a show of strength to prevent scattered groups from shouting slogans for ‘food, water, work and fairness’…
And: “….Beijing showed intent to control potential tension arising from inflation, unemployment and income inequalities.”
Interesting – let’s see how this plays out… JG.
Why China fears jasmine rebels
Reshma Patil: February 21st, 2011
China’s police outnumbered protesters and easily suppressed the first Middle East-inspired mass protests organised online in 13 cities on Sunday. But the leadership showed its insecure side with online censorship of searches for ‘jasmine revolutions’ and a show of strength to prevent scattered groups from shouting slogans for ‘food, water, work and fairness’.
The protests were largely unreported in the state media. The Global Times indirectly referred to the events with an editorial saying China’s rise requires ‘maturity’ from its citizens. “In theory, it is not totally unfeasible that the nation could fall into social turmoil should its public governance fail,’’ it said.
A day after the protests, President Hu Jintao presided over a meeting of the Communist Party central committee. Officials were ordered to ‘be aware of difficulties and work hard’ for the new five-year plan.
Ahead of its parliament session, Beijing showed intent to control potential tension arising from inflation, unemployment and income inequalities.
“The situation in China is not like that in the Middle East, but there is anger among people,’’ Beijing-based writer-activist Dai Qing told HT. Dai said Beijing authorities had learnt lessons from the 1989 protests.
“The political wisdom is not to try reform but only ‘harmonise’ and put people under control,” she said. Over the tense weekend, the party leaders indicated that controls on the Internet and dissidence will get tighter.
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