On possible signs of protests in China Chinese forces on Sunday crackedthem down, Chinese officials sent police to detain dissidents and destroy public meetings in the BEIJING and Shanghai.
On Saturday there were number of messages sent thru Internet calling for demonstrations in 13 cities, coming from Chinese-language sites based overseas, there were reports of activists being preemptively arrested.
Only handfull of Chinese responded, and in just a couple of cities, but Beijing’s authoritarian goverment still decided to activate large teams of security units to make sure that all remained quiet.
The reaction by Chinese officials was a simple reminder of the government’s, almost zero, tolerance for any sign of political discord. The country’s combination of latest surveillance, sophisticated management of information, and a readiness to engage large numbers of security units has so far allowed it to cut off even the most remote of challenges to the Chinese Communist Party.