China published a bluntly sarcastic attack on American views of liberty Friday, saying massive police protection of a recent Ku Klux Klan march proved that democracy in capitalist countries is an elitist "sham."

The state-run Workers' Daily said the Oct. 28 KKK march in Washington showed the superiority of socialist democracy and should serve as a warning to "ignorant youths" who "blindly spoke highly of American liberties" during last year's democracy movement.Chinese troops crushed the democracy movement on June 4, 1989, calling it a counterrevolutionary rebellion.

The signed article, by writer Ma Yanling, said he was prompted to write by reports about the October rally staged by the white-supremacist Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. capital, whose population is predominanty black.

Ma observed that rather than banning the march by the "fascist" KKK, authorities in the U.S. capital responded by sending out 5,000 military police to protect the marchers' "democratic freedoms."

"The KKK members were allowed to march in the light of day, but the American authorities who claim to be the No. 1 advocates of democratic freedoms did not ban them," the article said.

"Or to put it as some of the masses in Washington said, `The KKK has the freedom to demonstrate while we don't even have the freedom to walk,' " it said.

"The incident again shows that the democratic freedoms of the United States and the capitalist class is a sham," Ma wrote.

By contrast, the newspaper said China's superior socialist-style democracy aims to guarantee democratic freedoms to all people - as long as they accept unchallenged Communist Party rule.