On Wednesday, the police began imposing widespread restrictions to prevent ordinary Chinese from viewing the festivities in person. City residents have been told to watch the parade on state television. Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City have been closed since Aug. 22, frustrating many tourists.
Managers of apartment buildings along the wide avenue leading to the square ordered residents not to welcome visitors, open their windows, stand at balconies or take photographs. Closings across the city wereso widespread that many hospitals said they were shutting down non emergency services.
The Chinese government is well known for their draconian ways. The state is far more important than its people. Now if they were a democracy the people will never accept this, but as a democracy they will have other very challenging problems I am worried if they can successfully overcome. Just look across the straits to Taiwan for what you can reasonably expect. In lesser ways the PAP government is also like the CCP until it backfired on them on pain of losing votes.
I just blogged about my disappointment with the WP. They are the foremost opposition party. Looks like we have to wait longer for an alternative superior to the WP to emerge. I do not know how it will come about except that there must be a deep desire for this, and that it will be spearheaded by the young. Perhaps some of the brightest among the young will split from the WP to form a better and more honest party? Only time will tell.
I have confidence in Singaporeans. As a people like everywhere we are an disorganized bunch of energy and intelligence from which we must throw up leaders who an organize and lead us.