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China blocks YouTube after Tibet protests posted.

From Jurist:

The Chinese government on Sunday blocked Internet users in the country from accessing the video-sharin g website YouTube after videos of a recent government crackdown on Tibetan protesters challenging Chinese rule were posted on the site. The protests over degradation of Tibetan culture and a flood of new Chinese immigrants into the region escalated into violence in the capital Lhasa on Friday with reports that as many as 80 protesters had been killed. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday deplored the use of violence by both the protesters and the government, but said that the region is facing “cultural genocide”. AP has more. CBC News has additional coverage.

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2 Responses to “China blocks YouTube after Tibet protests posted.”

  1. I don’t think China will come out of this unscarred. If nothing else, they’ll probably have to loosen the ironclad control they’ve had over Tibetans and other ethnic groups. They can block YouTube but they can’t close down thousands of websites and millions of computers and cell phones. It’s a lot more difficult now to keep a region sealed off and blacked out, whether it’s Burma, China or wherever. (North Korea might be the exception; they’re probably too backward to have much of an electronic infrastructu re.)

  2. You might be right Tom, but personally, I don’t think China gives a rat’s ass about how the rest of the world views them. They always manage to keep their own in the dark ala a mushroom. YouTube, for some reason, has created a mirror account of my US account in d I have already gotten some Pro-Chinese comments on my two videos showing the Tibetan protests on the Japanese site.

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