‘It’s time, Chinese people! It’s time,” wrote the dissident Zhu Yufu in a poem he incautiously put online. “The Square belongs to all.” By “the Square”, he meant Tiananmen Square. But, alas, it does not “belong to all”. Like every other public space, it belongs to the Chinese communists, as Zhu discovered when the party sent him down for seven years for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Tomorrow, Britain will get a taste of dictatorial control when the London Book Fair opens.