There was no revolution, but you know this already. By now -- if you've been in China for any length of time -- you understand that no one cares about these sort of things, by and large. But the police showed up in force, because you can't be too careful in either sex or statecraft, and the Western media types lived up to their reputation. Consider the rabble roused. Perhaps next time ... smile?
The only losers here? As Adrienne Mong of MSN reports:
Ordinary Chinese were bewildered. “What’s going on? Why can’t we walk here?” they asked.
Some were more belligerent. One woman started shouting, “Why can’t I go down here? Why are you stopping me? Stop pushing.”
The consumers, who only wanted to spend a few hundred kuai and be on their way. But, again, you know this, too: consumers rule China.
Well done, everyone. Well fucking done.
Meanwhile, Chinese Internet buzzes over Richard Li and Isabella Leong.