05 Mar '11, 5am

Renewed 'Jasmine rally' calls in China

BEIJING: China's state media on Saturday warned citizens to ignore calls for weekend anti-government rallies in major cities, saying that similar protests across the Middle East had created "chaos". The message -- carried by the Beijing Daily -- came as Premier Wen Jiabao noted the public's "great resentment" over a number of issues in his speech to open the annual parliamentary session. Authorities in China have shown increasing nervousness about the Internet's power to mobilise ordinary citizens in the wake of unrest in the Arab world, and the subsequent online call for anti-government "Jasmine" rallies at home. "This turmoil has brought a massive calamity to the people of these countries," the Beijing Daily said in a commentary. "It is worth noting that at home and abroad some people with ulterior motives are trying to draw this chaos into China. They have used the Inte...

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