Howard French: In China, protests recall a manipulative era

From The International Herald Tribune:

The banners had been carefully printed, the slogans memorized. Then the students and young unleashed onto the streets of China’s largest, most sophisticated city, where they were to speak sacred truths and make the enemies of the people tremble.

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Chinese today have little experience in mass organized , so when the government tolerated – some would say encouraged – a huge anti-Japanese demonstration here that flirted with turning into a riot over the weekend, for many it bore echoes of the mass manipulation of students of another era, the Cultural Revolution.

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