China: Jasmine Revolution, Week Two

A week after small protests took place in Beijing and Shanghai and failed to materialize in the other 11 cities mentioned in the anonymous blog post which sought to spark a Jasmine Revolution in China, a second round of protests are scheduled for today in 23 cities across China.

Chinese scholar, writer and blogger Ran Yunfei, now being held on charges of subversion of state authority. Photo by Flickr user RebeccaMacK.

Since last week, a growing number of arrests have been made, the venue of the Beijing protest has become a construction site, ramped-up Internet censorship targeting a growing list of words has had the unintended effect of leaving little but pro-Jasmine voices online, ‘China’ is suspected of having DDoSed Twitter, the 50 Cent Party has beleaguered itself with launching a saliva war against liberal Chinese Twitter users, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has abruptly announced a netizen chat session set for first thing Sunday morning.

Follow the GVO Team China Twitter account for English-language updates throughout Sunday aiming to represent the full extent of opinions regarding the struggling movement, unless they all resemble this February 26 post from an anonymous new blog devoted to the Jasmine Revolution cause:


Democracy's spring warms the heart, let us go for a stroll


The Jasmine Revolution is here. While not loud, her footsteps are clear, and can be felt in the hearts of every Chinese yearning for democracy; her kindness inspires. After 5,000 years of autocratic rule and brutal enslavement, this great land has once again sprung up, as if Spring were…No, this is Spring, it has arrived. Although still early Spring, the buds of democracy have now sprung up from the earth, giving us the true feeling of Spring, that heartwarming feeling.



So come, friends, fear no longer the harsh Winter, its time has past. Let us move out from our homes, and onto the square. Let us use the warmth in our hears to embrace the budding of democracy; with our persistence, she will one day grow strong and sturdy.

Mark this special day: February 20, 2011.


Tomorrow, February 27, 2011, will be yet another special day. With both feet, let us make every Sunday henceforth just as special. Persistence will lead to victory. While what the future holds is hard to predict, worry not, since it is the will of heaven that we will find our way forward, and we should not give up. It benefits us to do so, for once the commitment is made, each and every one of us will be able to move forward on our own. While we might not succeed at first, or on the second attempt, or third, eventually there will come a time when our convergence sets forth the river of democracy, washing away all shackles that corrupt autocracy has forced upon us.




Of course, an autocratic dictatorship will not give up easily, and it will use violence to threaten and suppress us. Such intimidation has already begun, as can be seen in the headline photos on mainland websites of “Egyptian police burnt”. This is intimidation, these are their tactics. Numerous tactics like it were used in 1989; these are some of the most despicable people in human history. Yet, things are different today. The Internet has spread, people are wiser. And the wave of democracy is rolling in; their time has come.

Don't be shaken by any of the changes ahead. Together, we will overcome. We will persevere in stepping out, we will spread the word, and the day on which the autocratic stronghold is broken is guaranteed to come!

Now let's move, to the streets!


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