16
Feb
08

Is protesting pointless?

I am not the first to say the best thing China could do at the Olympics would be to allow some at least token protests, to show the world it could tolerate dissenting views. I’m sure that won’t be the case, more’s the pity. But maybe the Olympics really will force the leadership to engage in more nuanced debate on these sensitive issues. I would certainly put it that way round – there doesn’t seem to me to be much sign that it is the leadership setting the trend for the public.

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