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[liberationtech] BREAKING NEWS: China activists start Jasmine revolution

Yosem Companys companys at
Sun Feb 20 00:48:30 PST 2011

Here's what I've learned.  It seems the Chinese Diaspora started it.  The
China censors had blocked the word Egypt, so they began sharing the word
jasmine and setting times for protest.  But they came out in 13 cities, some
did better than others.  But in each one police vans arrived and picked up
people and took them away.  There were 100 in Beijing at a McDonald's.
 There were people going to universities, but the police prevented them from
getting together.  They were all wearing flowers, which made it easier for
the police to identify them.  Some people were arrested at their homes
before they could drive to protests.  In short, it seems not to have worked.
 Lesson seems to be that successful democracy movements are able to build
critical mass (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya & Bahrain -- to some extent),
unsuccessful ones are stopped before they can build critical mass (Algeria,
Syria & China).

On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 11:57 PM, Terry Winograd
<winograd at>wrote:

> BEIJING — Authorities rounded up dozens of dissidents and cracked down
> on calls for a "Jasmine Revolution," which urged demonstrations in
> more than a dozen Chinese cities Sunday apparently modeled after the
> wave of pro-democracy protests sweeping the Middle East.
> The source of the call was not known and many activists seemed not to
> know what to make of it, even as they spread the word. They said they
> were unaware of any known group being involved in the request for
> citizens to gather in 13 cities and shout, "We want food, we want
> work, we want housing, we want fairness."
> more....
> On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 11:50 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at>
> wrote:
> > Protests in 13 cities, over 100 in McDonald's in Beijing, police cracking
> > down.
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