Banana Peels and Mixed Feelings for China Dictator Xi Jinping

From a New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof headlined “Banana Peels for Xi Jinping”:

There’s a Soviet joke that has long circulated in China, about a man who is arrested for protesting in Moscow’s Red Square by holding up a blank sheet of paper.

“How can you arrest me?” the man objects. “I didn’t say anything.”

“Everybody knows,” the police officer answers, “what you mean to say.”

That old joke was inspiration for some of the white sheets of paper protesters displayed in recent days in China. Everybody in the country knew what the protesters were trying to express but feared saying.