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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.

- Staff writer

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.

The scale of support for Qian Mingqi was so immense – he received hundreds of comments in just a couple days on his microblog – that his Sina Weibo account (similar to Twitter) was canceled.


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