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Following the dismissal of Bo Xilai as party chief of Chongqing, rumors of an attempted coup in Beijing have spread throughout the country over the Internet, reports the Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily.
Unconfirmed reports provided by Chinese Internet users have spoken of a power struggle between Premier Wen Jiabao and Zhou Yongkang, head of the party's Central Political and Legislative Committee.
Since Zhou, like Wen a member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, is considered a protege of former president Jiang Zemin, Netizens claimed that Jiang and his successor, Hu Jintao, have been attacking each other's supporters within the government.
Microblogging ["tweeting" without Twitter] accounts of citizens based in Beijing claim to have seen dozens of military helicopters from Nanyuan airfield patrolling the skies above the capital and PLA tanks on the streets.
One Netizen reported encountering 50 to 60 police officers and anti-riot vehicles near the Dongzhimen area of the city as well as a convoy of trucks carrying PLA soldiers.
A video was uploaded to Sina Weibo showing the army transferring artillery from Shandong province to Beijing by train. Though the reports are still unconfirmed, some Netizens claimed that they heard gunfire on the streets of Beijing on Monday evening.
(Sarastarlight) "Tiananmen Massacre: The Rise & Fall of the 1989 Chinese Student Democracy Movement" is a film by Rhawn Joseph (BrainMind.com) about China's communist government declaring war against its own citizens that immortalized the "Tank Man" whom most Chinese have never heard of. What happened to him?
Netizens have also been speculating who will emerge the winner in the latest political struggle. Although Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao have the support of the military, one Netizen pointed out that Zhou Yongkang controls the People's Armed Police.
(SLJames) "Mao's Bloody Revolution Revealed" a documentary written by Philip Short and directed by Adrian Maben. What political movement destroyed the public expression of Buddhism in the service of the Chinese state? The empire/nation has 1 billion+ uncounted Buddhists as a result.