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Saturday, 16 April 2005
Chinese Government to be "Shanghai'd?"

This can't be good...

The Guardian:

"The Chinese authorities are bracing themselves for further anti-Japanese protests which could become one of the biggest displays of people power there since the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989.

Internet activists are calling for demonstrations in more than a dozen cities this weekend, prompting the US embassy to issue safety warnings to its citizens, and raising doubts whether the communist government is riding or being swamped by the rising wave of nationalism.

A whiff of something old and something new...

In the past few days thousands of army veterans have rallied in Beijing for higher pensions, protesters beat up Japanese students in Shanghai, and villagers with machetes repelled 1,000 riot police in a bloody battle in Zhejiang province.

The US embassy issued a warning to its citizens which said: "The demonstrations are purportedly against Japanese interests, but could involve foreigners in general."

[Sounds like the good old days just before the Chinese government fell apart and the Japanese marched in to the Colonial Consessions.]

Posted by bushmeister0 at 12:19 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 16 April 2005 1:39 AM EDT
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