24 Feb '11, 9pm

Chinese protesters inspired by Jasmine Revolution turn out, quickly overwhelmed by police

Chinese protesters inspired by Jasmine Revolution turn out, quickly overwhelmed by police

A policeman (centre) urges people to leave as they gather at a planned protest site in Beijing.Chinese official dismisses the 'Jasmine Revolution' protest calls as 'absurd'. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - CHINA faces no risk of succumbing to the kind of unrest that has rocked authoritarian governments across the Middle East, a senior Chinese official said, dismissing 'Jasmine Revolution' calls as 'absurd'. The comments from Zhao Qizheng, a former head of the Chinese government's information office, were Beijing's most senior response so far to online messages urging protests in Chinese cities. The call drew small numbers of people at the weekend overwhelmed by swarms of police. . 'There won't be any Jasmine Revolution in China,' Mr Zhao said, according to a report on Thursday in the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong-based newspaper under mainland Chinese control. Protesters in Tunisia force...

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