20 Feb '11, 2am

China cracked down on an online call for a 'Jasmine Revolution', detaining several activists

BEIJING - CHINESE authorities cracked down on activists as a call circulated for people to gather in more than a dozen cities on Sunday for a 'Jasmine Revolution.' The source of the call was not known, but authorities moved to halt its spread online. Searches for the word 'jasmine' were blocked on Saturday on China's largest Twitter-like microblog, and the website where the request first appeared said it was hit by an attack. Activists seemed not to know what to make of the call to protest, even as they passed it on. They said they were unaware of any known group being involved in the request for citizens to gather in 13 cities and shout 'We want food, we want work, we want housing, we want fairness.' Some even wondered whether the call was 'performance art' instead of a serious move in the footsteps of recent protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Libya. ...

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