According to AFP quoted on TibetCity.com in “China detains 59 over ‘subversive rumours’ in Tibet“, fifty-nine people have been arrested for speaking to others about rumors they had heard – at least that is what the Chinese government says. Repeating what you had heard from a friend, relative or neighbor and speaking about it is harmful. According to the article:
“A number of people with ulterior motives deliberately spread rumours and fanned ethnic sentiment,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the alleged rumour-mongers had been urged on by people close to the Dalai Lama.
If the situation is so dire as to be unable to allow individuals to speak unguardedly amongst themselves, then maybe the Chinese Communist government is on the ropes and fearful for their very existence or they are just power-hungry ego-maniacs that can’t tolerate any dissent.
I believe the later and pray that the former allows a peaceful transition.