Photo of young protester (in purple scarf) being taken away from People’s Square by policemen. Source: Boaz Arad, Beijing bureau chief & China Correspondent for Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth
Anonymous online calls for a pro-democracy “Jasmine Revolution” inspired by recent uprisings across the Middle East, have fallen flat as few turned up for the planned protests that were supposed to be held yesterday at 2pm in 13 cities across China.
The Shanghai demonstration, located at Peace Cinema at People’s Square (next to Raffles City), attracted several hundred would-be protestors, all watching from a safe distance, and adopting a wait-and-see approach. Yet, apart from three youngsters taken away by cops and plainclothes policemen, little else happened, and passers-by remained mostly oblivious to what was going on.
While the “Jasmine Revolution” eventually amounted to just a few skirmishes, the day was more than a non-event. Here’s what they’re saying about it:
- China tries to stamp out ‘Jasmine Revolution’ [AP]
- Chinese Security Officials Respond to Call for Protests [NYT]
- The Revolution That Wasn’t [ChinaGeeks]
- Call me if there’s a revolution [Al-Jazeera]
- China rounds up 100 activists to rapidly quash pro-democracy ‘Jasmine Revolution’ [Daily Mail]
- Call for Protests Unnerves China [WSJ]
- Un parfum de jasmin à Pékin… [Photos by Beijing-based French photog Jordan Pouille]