Crackdown in China

The totalitarian regime in Beijing is doing everything in its power to increased their chokehold on the Chinese people:

An anonymous online campaign calling for pro-democracy demonstrations across China on Sunday has been met with the detention of human rights activists, greater Internet censorship and even veiled pressure on foreign journalists.

The strict response by authorities comes after a U.S.-based Chinese-language website, Boxun.com, called for repeated attempts each Sunday to launch a “jasmine revolution” in about two dozen cities, including Beijing and Shanghai.

As usual, the authorities have begun the predictable arrests:

Human rights groups based outside China said Friday that police had charged five activists this week with “subversion of state power” and “inciting subversion of state power,” serious crimes that carry potentially decade-long prison sentences.

The five were Ran Yunfei, 46, a widely followed blogger and public intellectual; Ding Mao, 45, a student leader during the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests who spent 10 years in jail; Hua Chunhui, 47, an insurance company manager who has advocated on civil society issues; Liang Haiyi, no age given, a woman accused of posting foreign links about the jasmine revolution on a popular Chinese instant-messaging service; and Chen Wei, 42, a leading human rights activist in central Sichaun province.

The arrests coincide with the disappearance this month of three human rights lawyers, Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian and Teng Biao.

And as OB&B reported yesterday, searches for Jon Huntsman are among the newly blocked terms from Chinese search engines:

The same level of sensitivity is being levied on the Internet, where even the Beijing neighborhood in which the protest is supposed to take place — Wangfujing — is banned from being searched on China’s most popular micro-blogging site, Sina Weibo.

That puts the popular tourist destination on a list of banned search terms that has expanded to include “Egypt,” “jasmine” and American ambassador Jon Huntsman, who sparked a controversy by briefly being seen at last Sunday’s gathering.

I always have and always will stand with the people of China in their quest for liberty. The ChiComs should understand that capitalism requires the free flow of information just as much, if not more so, than the free flow of goods and services. Eventually, the contradiction is going to cease working well and either the capitalism will go, or the totalitarianism. I personally won’t be placing bets on the regime.

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