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Friday, September 21, 2007

Communist China Fears Civil Unrest

Fearful of a repeat of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989, which were brutally put down by the military and drew worldwide condemnation, the communist government of China has issued an order freezing the prices of state-controlled commodities until the end of the year in a bid to slow galloping inflation.

The Chinese Communist Party is afraid that growing unrest among workers may lead to protests to coincide with next month's Communist Party Congress, a meeting held every five years to reallocate senior party positions, a government decree this week suggests.

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