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An American in China

What’s Up in Beijing- Protests

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 28, 2011


from here
BEIJING–Let us be clear from the start: this is not a blog post about a would-be revolution.

It’s about the demonstration of state power in a police state.

Today was the second Sunday in a row of an unspecified number of mass gatherings anonymously called across the country to protest against the Chinese government and some of its policies.

At two p.m. local time, ordinary people were urged “to take an afternoon stroll” to show solidarity. “As long as you are present, the authoritarian government will be shaking with fear,” says the call for “Jasmine Rallies” circulating online.

In Beijing, the location was a McDonalds in the busy shopping district of Wangfujing. But just hours before the scheduled hour, rumours surfaced that the designation had been changed to a KFC a few storefronts north of the McDonalds.

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