Several high-profile intellectuals clashed at the south entrance of Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Friday at noon after agreeing to meet online, humiliating all Chinese cyber intellectuals. There was no winner in this farce.
Physical fighting over conflicting political thoughts is the most vulgar behavior yet carried out by a few online intellectuals, also tainting democratic movements on the microblog. Neither challenger nor defender could be labeled as brave, and they have forsaken the virtues of tolerance and decency in this incident.
It is especially disappointing that some famed people were part of that scenario or applauded the result.
We call on the police to punish those who beat others, so as to prevent this practice from seeming legitimate.
Differences are prevalent in interests and political ideas, as a result of a diverse society. These differences are usually irresolvable, and people must learn how to get along with others who hold conflicting views.
Weibo has become the most active platform of communication, and organizing fighting affects the public, which takes it beyond a personal decision.
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