23 Feb '11, 1pm

Activists renew call for China 'Jasmine rallies'

BEIJING: An online campaign has urged people in 13 Chinese cities to rally every Sunday to press for government transparency and free expression, following a call last week for Middle East-style protests. The new call, posted this week on a blog run by overseas-based human rights website Boxun.com, appeared to be from the same group behind a mysterious web campaign for protests last Sunday that echoed those rocking the Arab world. The earlier call sparked a heavy police turnout at designated protest sites in Beijing and other cities. The events appeared lightly attended, however, and free of major incidents. "What we need to do now is to put pressure on the Chinese ruling (Communist) party," said the renewed appeal. "If the party does not conscientiously fight corruption and accept the supervision of the people, then will it please exit the stage of history." Apparently at...

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