Sunday, 6 March 2011
The paranoia of China´s commmunist rulers: Clampdown on St. Patrick´s Day parade
(image by flickr)
China´s communist rulers are increasingly worried about the possibility of popular uprisings against their authoritarian regime. The latest sign of growing paranoia is the clampdown on the Shanghai Irish community´s St. Patrick´s day parade:
The Chinese authorities have begun a clampdown on activities by foreigners, including the Shanghai's St. Patrick's Day parade, as they are deemed threatening to political stability.
The authorities' decision to initiate the clampdown stemmed from an anonymous Internet campaign urging the people of China to emulate the protests and revolutions that have taken place across the Middle East in recent weeks.
Shanghai authorities have objected to the location of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade which was set to take place on March 12. Over 2,000 people were expected to congregate which pressurized the Irish organizations involved to cancel the event.
The St. Patrick's Day parade was set to take place on a major street near a cinema which had been mentioned in the anonymous Internet campaign. The campaign urged people to gather every Sunday to show their displeasure with the Chinese government.
The Irish consul general in Shanghai, Conor O’Riordan, said concerns over the parade came to a boil on Monday. The Chinese officials had agreed to allow the parade if they found a "more modest" route.
Unable to change the route at such short notice, they canceled the event. A volunteer-run organization will hold an invitation-only, indoor event instead.
Read the entire story here.
Happy St. Patrick´s day to you, comrade Hu Jintao and to all your government colleagues! No parade this year, but you can at least listen to this message.