China Cracks Down To Prevent Spread Of 'Jasmine Revolution'07:17
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A man, center, confronts with police officers in front of a cinema that was a planned protest site in Shanghai, China. (AP)
A man, center, confronts with police officers in front of a cinema that was a planned protest site in Shanghai, China. (AP)

The Chinese government has reportedly rounded up and detained foreign reporters, detained and put activists under house arrest and placed new limits on Internet searches. Officials are worried that people in China will try to imitate the "Jasmine Revolution" that toppled Tunisia's government and led to uprisings and regime changes throughout the Middle East.

For the past three weeks, Web sites and Twitter accounts based in the U.S. have been calling on the Chinese to protest by merely walking by popular shopping areas, in so-called "strolling protests." This weekend, Chinese authorities held more than a dozen foreign reporters to prevent coverage of the protests, and Chinese security was out in force to stop any type of demonstration.

Barbara Demick, Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, tells us about the crackdown and says the government seems to be "chasing shadows" in a show of paranoia.

This segment aired on March 7, 2011.

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