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December 18 2012

Chinese authorities arrest dozens for spreading Mayan apocalypse rumours


It's the end of the world unless you're in the Chinese Communist party. Over the past few weeks, Chinese authorities have detained over 93 people across seven provinces for spreading rumours that the end is nigh, laying bare the party's obsession with social stability and maintaining its tight grip on power.

Many people in China believe in the so-called "Mayan apocalypse" slated to take place on 21 December, the last day on the Mayan long count calendar because it was the central premise of the disaster film 2012, a box office sensation in China when it was released three years ago.

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