Could the jasmine plant lead to unrest in China?

Could the jasmine plant lead to unrest in China? Let a hundred flowers bloom… but not jasmine.
Because Tunisian revolutionaries called their uprising the "Jasmine Revolution," the Chinese government was worried about the Jasmine flower, so they blocked references to it on the internet, and tried to ban the flower as contraband:

In the absence of concrete information, fantastic rumors have taken root. One wholesale flower vendor at the Jiuzhou Flower and Plant Trading Center in southern Beijing said he heard the ban had something to do with radiation contamination from Japan. A young woman hawking floral bouquets at Laitai, a large flower market near the United States Embassy, said she was told jasmine blossoms contained some unspecified poison that was killing people. "Perhaps you’d like some white roses instead?" she asked hopefully. 
Wu Chuanzhen, 53, a farmer who tends eight greenhouses of jasmine on the outskirts of the city, said other growers had insisted that adherents of Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement deemed an "evil cult" by the authorities, might use the flowers in their bid to overthrow the governing Communist Party. "I heard jasmine is the code word for the revolution," she said. Her laughter suggested she thought such concerns were absurd.

Read the article: Catching Scent of Revolution, China Moves to Snip Jasmine, The New York Times>>

Chinese propaganda poster "Man works hard, flowers are fragrant" from Chinese>>

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One thought on “Could the jasmine plant lead to unrest in China?

  1. That is exactly the same poster that was described in ‘Dreams of Joy" that was the winning poster in Mao Zedong’s National Art Contest. Damn that author did some serious research!

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