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China blocks YouTube in effort to prevent Tibetans from posting to YouTube

China annexed Tibet in 1950, and Tibet became a formal province of China in 1959. Today, a half-century later, Tibetan resistors are no longer fighting with protests in the streets, but with protests on the internet.

Websites like YouTube allow protestors to post videos of the uprising against China and of reported retaliation by the Chinese army.

With these new videos capturing audiences in hundreds of thousands, China blocked access to YouTube within the country. Some of the video depict protestors being killed in uprisings across the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Chinese authorities claim only 16 protestors have been killed. The real number is unknown as a New York Times blog reports that no one is being allowed to confirm the number of dead. Despite the YouTube blockade by China, a number of videos depicting the violence in the region have made their way to YouTube.

YouTube has been targeted by some governments recently for different issues. In America the problem with YouTube is the posting of copyrighted videos, though the website has never faced a state-sanctioned shut down for this reason.

China isn’t the only government attempting to block YouTube. Pakistan accidentally cut off YouTube and its entire country from the internet in February of 2008 when it made a series of mistakes while attempting to stop its citizens from watching anti-Islamic videos featured on the website.

Other countries with critical views of its leadership or state religion have also imposed temporary sanctions against YouTube, including Iran, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  Iran and the United Arab Emirates are the only two other countries that still impose bans on YouTube content.

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Is Violence called protest?
By campreal on 3/17/2008 10:33:23 PM , Rating: 0
One of my friend nearly be killed by the "protesters", is violence called fucking protest? They fired most of the street and try to kill not even the Hans and other minority like Muslim etc. So people like my friend should waiting be killed? Is that called the "cost for the victory of freedom"?!!
Actually, the minority gets much better treatment in all most every fields in this country. How about the minority in other country? If minority in your country "protests" like Tibet, how about your opinion? Just be more objective please.

RE: Is Violence called protest?
By 306maxi on 3/18/2008 4:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
Like you wouldn't be angry if another country annexed your country and tried to wipe out your culture?

By Pneumothorax on 3/18/2008 9:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I believe Beijing had to deal with that 60-70 years ago lol.

RE: Is Violence called protest?
By campreal on 3/18/2008 1:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
Like you said, America "annexed" Indian not long ago, though much later than Tibet.
BTW, Welcome to Lhasa, you can find whether thier culture has been wiped out by your eyes, not by the internet. Then check its history.

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