[The Guardian] Jasmine Revolution: China detains activists after online call for protests


Chinese security officials have questioned or detained scores of activists and warned others against staging protests after an online call was made for demonstrations in 13 cities, campaigners said.

The message – posted on an overseas website on Saturday – was titled “The jasmine revolution in China”.

The swift crackdown underlined the anxiety of authorities in the wake of the Egypt uprising and protests across the Middle East.

It came as the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, urged top officials to “improve social management capabilities”, sustain order and handle online information better “to guide public opinion”.