Viral Grass-Roots Charter 08 in China
January 29th, 2009

The Washington Post has a front page article today titled In China, a Grass-Roots Rebellion. The mechanism is viral, through emails. Still small, the article describes viral connecting that is a growing story:

. . . “I was afraid, but I had already signed it hundreds of times in my heart,” Tang said in an interview.

Hers is the 3,943rd signature on the list that has swelled to more than 8,100 from across China. Although their numbers are still small, those signing the document, and the broad spectrum from which they come, have made the human rights manifesto, known as Charter 08, a significant marker in the demands for democracy in China, one of the few sustained campaigns since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Those who sign the charter risk arrest and punishment. . . .

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