In unrelated discussions on other threads I was informed that China allows protests. As evidence of this the same news item about the same protest was posted by two different people on two separate occasions in response to this query. Clearly, China has allowed at least one protest. I link the news item below and I have some comments about it, which I will make later in this post China Protest Forcing Nuclear Retreat Shows People Power - Bloomberg To those of us who live outside of Communist China, the act of protesting against the government of something is seen as unfair is normal. We see many protests and we take part and many protests ourselves. But there are a large number of news items, articles and records of the communist government in China clamping down on protests. Someone asked me to consult Google and Wikipedia to find out about China. I find that ironic. Google and YouTube and Facebook are banned in China and Google searches are replete with news of clampdowns on protests in China. Clearly protests are not encouraged. To those of us who recognize the value of being able to protest this is a strange situation. Maybe it feels very good, but this thread is to start discussion on the topic and follow it up in the ensuing weeks and months. A Google search for "Anti-government protests in China" throws up the following links and more China sends riot police to block new protests by flood victims | Reuters Chinese police clampdown on anti-government protests | euronews, world news Chinese Rise Up in Bloody Anti-Pollution Protests, iPhone Owners Yawn | Motherboard Heavy Police Presence Thwarts Call for Protests in China Obviously, people do want to protest, but the government will have none of it - or rather it will suppress it if possible. But this is where I come back to the Bloomberg news item (linked at top) about THE "protest that was allowed" . Here is a quote: This is an amazing piece of information coming from Xinhua. It is "worry of extinction" of the communist party that Xi has openly voiced. In nations with democratically elected governments, if one party dies, it dies because it deserves to die and there is always another party to take over. In China the party worries only when its own ass is on fire, not when the peoples asses are being singed. The news item says that pretty explicitly. This thread is basically to follow the pattern of anti government protests in China and how they are dealt with.