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China faces its freedom fighters and the Ides of March with new protests

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EUGENE, Ore. – New unrest in China, witnessed by recent sweep of freedom fighters in the Middle East -- include such protests as the “Jasmine Revolution” and other freedom fighters efforts on the Internet -- have resulted in massive arrests throughout China. In turn, members of a Chinese American student groups here in Eugene, and various international student organizations, are concerned for freedom fighters with the “Ides of March, and new plans for protests.

The reference to the “Ides of March” is a much studied ancient Greek point of view that political scientists use to illustrate problems in leadership; thus the term “Ides of March” is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. when he was stabbed (23) times to death in the Roman Senate led by his friend Brutus and 60 other co-conspirators. The Ides of March (Idus Martii) is the “name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, referring to the day of the full moon, and when protests will likely happen if history repeats itself.

Chinese government stopping freedom fighter protests and unrest

Chinese spokesperson Jiang Yu said on PBS news programs that protests “will not be allowed.” Lu also said the media access to protests was forbidden. This announcement came after Reuters TV photographed Chinese police forces pulling people off the street in Public Security Bureau vans, while other Chinese police – dressed in “sanitation uniforms with armbands that said ‘Public Security Volunteer’ – used brooms to sweep pedestrians along.”

The protesters were akin to the peace protesters in the Persian Gulf region, stated media analysts who are trying to explain whether China becomes another Egypt freedom and human rights battle.

Meanwhile, the American Embassy spokesman in Beijing issued a news release stating that he was “disturbed by reports of foreign journalists being physically harassed.

"We call on the Chinese government to respect the rights of foreign journalists to report in China and urge public security authorities to protect the safety and well being of anyone who is subject to illegal harassment or intimidation," stated Richard Buangan, the American Embassy media advisor in China.

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Chinese spokesperson Jiang Yu said on PBS news programs that protests are not happening as the outside media has reported on March 4. While Chinese security forces increasing on the streets, the freedom fighters fight inside with access to the Internet and phone text messaging that seems to be as popular in China as it is in the Middle East, said news analysts.

The new peace protests in China include recent outbreaks in Shanghai, with reports that “police led away three people near the planned protest spot after they scuffled in an apparent bid to grab the attention of passers-by.”

News media report: “Many activists said they didn't know who was behind the campaign and weren't sure what to make of the call to protest, which first circulated Saturday on the U.S.-based Chinese-language news website Boxun.com.” The website is a topic of conversation on college campuses nationwide with Chinese students having family and friends in China.

Protests are more about food than freedom, say experts

While the new wave of peace protests in China ask for more freedoms, media analysts claim it’s more about the current depression that driven food prices for the Chinese sky high.

Also, the Chinese message – as stated from spokesperson Jiang Yu is no tolerance for protesters, and unlawful protests. In turn, analysts today stated that with recent massive protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Libya, its “bothering Chinese leadership.”

Chinese spokesperson Jiang Yu, in segments released from Beijing’s total control of the country’s “media, Internet and other communication forums poses difficulties for anyone trying to organize mass demonstrations,” stated media reports out of China.

“Extensive Internet filtering and monitoring meant that most Chinese were unlikely to know about the call to protest Sunday. Boxun.com is blocked, as are Twitter and Facebook, which were instrumental in Egypt's protest movement. Tech-savvy Chinese can circumvent controls, but few of the country's Internet users seek out politically subversive content,” stated a media report that’s been airing on PBS and international TV stations.

“In short, the world is watching China right now,” said a BBC reporter.

Moreover, the reports out of China today include chilling news that “Anti-government gatherings in China are routinely stamped out by its pervasive security forces, which are well-funded and well-equipped. A pro-democracy movement in 1989 that directly challenged the Communist government was crushed by the military and hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed.”

This passt weekend President Hu Jintao ordered national and provincial officials to "solve prominent problems which might harm the harmony and stability of the society." With news that protests have continued, there's no word out of Beijing about what will happen next.

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