The reaction on the street to Google’s withdrawal from the PRC (or is it the PRC withdrawing from the world?) was covered in in a blog on the New Yorker website entitled, “China and Google: “Illegal Flower Tribute”“.
When folks started to lay flowers on the steps of Google’s Beijing office, they were promptly removed.
A security guard from the neighborhood informed them that they would need to “apply for permits at the relevant department; otherwise they were conducting an ‘illegal flower tribute.’ ”
The lines have been drawn and Google made the correct choice, finally.
Again, desperate acts (like removing flower tributes to control public opinion) is an indication that there is hope, hope that the master plan of the Chinese Communist Party will fail and the Chinese people can be free.