St. Patricks Day Parade 2009… collage!
Alas and alack, government paranoia over ongoing non-events-that-shall-not-be-named has claimed another victim as collateral damage – the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Shanghai. Apparently, nervous about any attempt by anybody to march in the streets under any kind of banner, the Public Security Bureau has put a nix on the well-attended parade.
According to Irish Times:
“The parade is off. We were told by the Public Security Bureau we could not have a public gathering. We’re bitterly disappointed as we spent two months working on it, but that’s life,” said one member of the organising committee who requested anonymity.
The annual parade was due to move along Nanjing Donglu, Shanghai’s most famous street, which runs past People’s Square – a site specified in online calls for citizens to take “an afternoon stroll” in a sign of passive resistance.
Organisers were refused permission to stage the parade elsewhere. The Irish community will hold a scaled-down event in the Shanghai Centre plaza.
Tis a shame, like. The parades were the only national parade allowed on Shanghai streets and had been getting more popular each year – around 2000 people were expected to attend this time around. Last year’s parade was a good bit o’ craic – read our interview with Eoin Murphy, President of Le Chéile, the Irish community organization of Shanghai.
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