Tea but no sympathy in China

Great summary of a series of tweets from a person in Shanghai about a visit from the security forces “concerned” about people strolling in People’s Square.

Drinking Tea and Discussing the Jasmine Revolution: A Twitter Report

The writer reports on a visit by the security police and tosses in a few complaints about the high cost to taxpayers of running the security services:

I asked, why didn’t you comrades from the Security Bureau let me know you were coming before hand? They said they didn’t have my number. So I asked how they knew that I was at home tonight. They said they had no other way than just coming over and trying their luck. This is far too costly. As a tax payer, it hurts to think about it.

And the police let slip that a “spontaneous” demonstration from 2005 wasn’t really all that spontaneous:

Wang Jue [one of the officers] said walking demonstrations are not an option. People can’t be controlled in large numbers and they’ll go smashing things just like the March 19, 2005 demonstrations against Japan. I laughed to myself. I heard that all the police followed along during the March 19 demonstrations. They said that was because there were too few police and they originally had no plan to allow them to do that. I said “originally?” “planned?” “allow?” and laughed quietly.

All in all the feeds are a good look into how the security forces think (not much) and how a growing number of Chinese — especially young Chinese — think.

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