Fights Break Out in China Over Censored Editorial

In the Southern China province of Guangzhou, scuffles broke out between free-speech protestors and Communist party supporters on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, supporters of the local paper "jeered and skirmished with a small band of leftists holding posters of Chairman Mao Zedong and signs denouncing the Southern Weekly as 'a traitor newspaper' for defying the [Communist] party."

The Southern Weekly was set to publish an editorial around New Years demanding constitutional government, which was allegedly replaced by an editorial praising the Community Part by government censors.

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Michael McCutcheon

Michael was formerly special projects editor at Mic. Prior to that, he worked at the Open Society Foundations on electoral reform. A native Seattleite, he's still mad about the SuperSonics.

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