Here is my translation of the essay:- “In the last couple of days, discussion of the mass incident of Weng’an county citizens besieging government quarters has been boiling over the internet forums. It should be said perhaps, that mass incidents and gossips are twin brothers. From the ancient past to the present, whenever something happens, chances are that rumors will be spawned. The end result of such communications is that the rumors get farther and farther away from the truth. Still, such rumors are usually oriented in one direction. If many things happen in a certain place, and rumors are all directed against government, then it is clear that there are problems in the relationship between the local government and the public.
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