China's online protest movement
The online outpouring of anger and sympathy after a weekend bullet train accident in China killed at least 39 people has highlighted a robust criticism that exists online, sometimes beyond the reach of even the most powerful Chinese Internet censors.
2. Sympathy for a bomber
When a Chinese man killed himself and two others in a bomb attack on local government buildings in southern China earlier this year, he received an unexpected slew of sympathetic comments online. His supporters saw his actions as “righteous vengeance,” rather than a terrorist attack, and their support hinted at widespread frustration at the government’s lack of concern for ordinary citizens.