“Illegal Flower Tribute”

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.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

One response to ““Illegal Flower Tribute”

  1. I was touched and encouraged to see this reaction from the Chinese people themselves to the principled action of Google. Thoughtful Chinese must have been frustrated and discouraged for the past four years that a great world-wide organisation like Google was coöpted into the Communist Party’s programme of censorship, helping to deny them access to facts and world opinion on matters important to them and their country. Whether Google gets the right to offer uncensored searches or is forced to leave China, it will have done the Chinese and the world a great service. Hopefully other firms will follow suit in their own ways. How about Yahoo, which was actively deinvolved in the arrest of some dissidents not that long ago. Are they drawing a lesson from this?