21 Feb '11, 4am

Chinese state media downplayed an online call for Middle-east style protests in China, calling it 'performance art'

Chinese state media downplayed an online call for Middle-east style protests in China, calling it 'performance art'

A woman is arrested by police near the Peace Cinema, where internet social networks were calling to join a 'Jasmine Revolution' protest in downtown Shanghai. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING - CHINA'S state media on Monday dismissed a weekend web campaign for Middle East-style protests as 'performance art', while also urging public patience over a number of contentious social problems. 'The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have spread in the Middle East, and some in the West want China to become 'the next Egypt'. This is simply impossible,' said the English-language Global Times. The commentaries hinted at growing official concern among China's Communist rulers over the potential for Arab-style unrest - which has been facilitated by the use of the Internet - to trigger similar uprisings in China. Police in Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere came out in force on Sunday after Interne...

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