05 Mar '11, 5am

Chinese state media warned citizens to ignore calls for 'Jasmine' rallies in the wake of Middle East unrest

Chinese state media warned citizens to ignore calls for 'Jasmine' rallies in the wake of Middle East unrest

Unidentified men surround a foreign journalist after they pushed him to the ground after calls for a 'Jasmine Revolution' protest. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 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, a mouthpiece of the city government - 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,...

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