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Originally posted by alkesh
reply to post by aarys
I think it's complete and utter hog-wash. I just don't understand what the idiots at beforeitsnews get from putting out such asinine, ridiculous stories day after day. You would think at some point common sense and humility would kick in and they would just stop. Unfortunately the internet is a sounding board for the delusional, paraniod and other people with mental illnessess or just the plain ignorant.
BEIJING—The central Chinese government hardened its grip in Chongqing, the domain of recently ousted Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai, targeting the "red singing" he had encouraged in the southwestern city, part of an approach that has widened an ideological rift among the party elite. However, political analysts say the Maoist revival Mr. Bo led in Chongqing is unlikely to disappear following his ouster. That is partly because leaders have to be careful not to be seen as going against historical Communist Party values and also because Mr. Bo's promotion of a strong state role in the economy found widespread support among those who feared rapid privatization of state wealth. His firing last week has shaken China's political establishment, and exposed such high-level divisions just ahead of its once-a-decade leadership transition beginning this fall. The highly unusual purge has raised questions about whether the party can restore the internal political unity needed to preserve its grip on power.
UPDATE: Weibo messages on the subject “北京出事了” in the original Chinese are now unable to be searched. This was a major meme around the coup rumor, translating roughly as, “something important yet problematic happened in Beijing.”
Weibo appeared down briefly between approximately 12:00 and 12:20 p.m. Beijing local time. Check to see if Weibo is up now.
A republished photo on Weibo China’s largest microblog site yesterday, reportedly showed a tank on Changan Street in Beijing–Wangdaxia posted this photo with a short article about what he claimed occurred Monday night.
Alert Editors of The Epoch Times quickly learned that the photo was a hoax–so sad!
Full post here from The Epoch Times
**Update** We’re now learning there may be something to this story–more to follow as information becomes available.