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Image after the riot  (Source: Xinhua)
The Chinese government is cracking down on the Internet and Twitter

The Chinese government has cut off internet service and blocked access to Twitter in a region of the country, after deadly riots left 140 people dead in a remote northwest region of the country.

Chinese media reports indicate 140 people have been killed in the Xinjiang Urumqi Autonomous region, and a total of around 800 people -- with that number still climbing -- have been injured.  Chinese search engines no longer yield any search results when Chinese internet users search for "Urumqi."

Residents of the city say internet has been completely cut off in Urumqi, and they have not been told when it will be restored.

Now that the protests reportedly have spread outside of Urumqi, it's possible others will face internet crackdowns later this week.  

In addition to internet restrictions and a crackdown on Twitter, YouTube also has been temporarily blocked by the government, which is attempting to create a certain level of damage control.  The internet will reportedly remain off to help stifle the spread of the riots, but official word from the Chinese government isn't expected to discuss the recent internet shutoff.

The Chinese government is well known for cracking down on internet users after similar events, and also closely controls what kind of content can be seen by internet users.  The government has drawn criticism from some PC manufacturers and security experts over its Green Dam filtering software that must be installed on all PCs and laptops sold in the country.

Despite the power of the Great Firewall of China, many internet users are able to find ways around the firewall so they are able to still read any content they like.  These freedoms, including the use of social networking sites and YouTube, is the reason the Chinese government also is cracking down on Twitter and YouTube.

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RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By Chernobyl68 on 7/6/2009 11:51:33 AM , Rating: 5
anybody know WTF they're rioting about?

By Tsuwamono on 7/6/2009 12:03:15 PM , Rating: 4
They won a hockey game?

wait.. that's just Montreal..

RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By zsunjian on 7/6/2009 12:09:50 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure; and we may never find out since we can't trust what the Chinese gov't says, and reliable sources are hard to get with all the media controls. But that region has always been a place of unrest, often with racial issues. I heard a number of days ago that there were clashes between the Han and the indigenous people there. This could be an escalation of this event.

RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By chick0n on 7/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By aj28 on 7/6/2009 6:29:52 PM , Rating: 3
Oh hardly... Go watch Fox and tell me they're biased in the same direction as NBC. Unlike China, we're not dealing with government-controlled media that skews the very basic nature of events on a daily basis.

so yeah, just stfu about media controls, US doing the exact same shit everyday.

Judging by both your stance and your grammar, I'm going to call bias.

By yomamafor1 on 7/6/2009 12:23:31 PM , Rating: 5
They're probably protesting about how the government treat them. Citizens in both Xinjiang and Tibet are often treated by their government as 3rd class citizens. I fear that eventually Xinjiang will become another Tibet.

By The0ne on 7/6/2009 12:40:03 PM , Rating: 4
Google "Urumqi" because this piece of article here sucks horribly. Almost a complete waste of time reading it to be honest. It's like "oh no the internet is down I'll have to report it," and screw the rest of the events happening around.

Someone also explained it below btw.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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