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"There’s no doubt the authorities have been very concerned about the revolt, the backlash against the flaunting of privileges, whether its cars or expensive watches, those trappings of power and corruption," said Yang.
He said authorities are very careful to control the spread of such information so it "doesn’t stimulate more public anger against the elites."
Cheng noted that few Chinese know about the Ferrari accident and that, if they did, they might see at as too removed from their lives to worry about.
"If there’s a Ferrari (crash) case with naked girls in Beijing, well, this is juicy stuff. You get cynical, you feel resentment but you don’t do much. You don’t protest because it’s too far away."
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