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Chinese warned against revolt

China is edging closer to democracy partly because of the Internet but should avoid the deadly social unrest seen in countries such as Egypt, a state-run newspaper said in an editorial Thursday.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2011 00:28 IST

China is edging closer to democracy partly because of the Internet but should avoid the deadly social unrest seen in countries such as Egypt, a state-run newspaper said in an editorial Thursday.

Chinese are increasingly able to make their voices heard through social media and do not need to protest, the Global Times said in an editorial under the headline ‘Democracy doesn’t have to start from revolt’.

The editorial, which warns against emulating the violent street protests seen in Egypt, comes as China experiences several cases of labour unrest, amid rising prices and slowing economic growth.

China earlier this year laun-ched a crackdown on dissent with up to 100 activists were warned, placed under house arrest or taken into custody.