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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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What about Iran?
By elgueroloco on 7/6/2009 12:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if everyone will forget about Iran now and focus on China. That would suck for the Iranians, but you know how human attention spans work.

RE: What about Iran?
By yomamafor1 on 7/6/2009 12:27:32 PM , Rating: 3
If that's the case, Kim Jong Il would be absolutely pissed. He just spent the entire North Korea's GDP in launching several short range ballistic missiles, in hopes that people will focus on his demand.

RE: What about Iran?
By Tsuwamono on 7/6/2009 12:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
but isn't he always pissed? Or maybe he just looks pissed all the time.

RE: What about Iran?
By bhieb on 7/6/2009 12:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
No it's constipation, too much dog will do that to you.

RE: What about Iran?
By Tsuwamono on 7/6/2009 12:59:32 PM , Rating: 1
I think Kim rated you down lol

RE: What about Iran?
By Spuke on 7/6/2009 12:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
but isn't he always pissed? Or maybe he just looks pissed all the time.
It must be the shoes.

RE: What about Iran?
By Omega215D on 7/6/2009 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
Come down to Krazy Kim's Summer Blowout!!! All dissidents must go by cutting them half off!

RE: What about Iran?
By HrilL on 7/6/2009 1:20:34 PM , Rating: 3
China took what they learned from what happened in Iran and improved on the censoring and closed the small gaps Iran left open.

No one can honestly believe any news that comes from Xinhua because they only report fabricated news from the Chinese government.

The western world should make laws that don't allow our companies to do business with china unless they have a clean human rights record. Economic pressure is the only thing that will force them into treating people right. But this will never happen because our governments don't have the balls to stand up for humanity.

RE: What about Iran?
By Sazabi19 on 7/6/2009 2:46:16 PM , Rating: 4
dude, we are in debt to China out our yang (not theirs). Besides, China is one of our biggest customers for trading goods, if we were to cut them off we could very well be cutting our own throat. That is why we have other people to make our decisions not some rights activist groups. We may not like it but we can't afford it.

RE: What about Iran?
By Spuke on 7/6/2009 2:58:20 PM , Rating: 3
dude, we are in debt to China out our yang (not theirs)
They are currently the largest foreign holder of US debt but they are NOT the largest holder of US debt. That would the US citizens.

RE: What about Iran?
By TSS on 7/6/2009 9:01:27 PM , Rating: 3
quite the logic there. making sure you don't cut your throat by giving the knife to the chinese. which violate human rights. you really trust them with holding it steady?

this is not from a human rights point of view. far from it, this is pure tactics. you really think the chinese will not try to become the dominant global super power? what are you going to defend your nation with when you can't afford the army?

heh, because i'm myself not an american i might get rated down for saying this, but i do belive your founding fathers would much rather cut their own throat then have some foreign country bleed them dry. didn't they actually risk their throats in such a situation?

here's an idea for getting rid of your debt to china! i propse a new tax! first on stamps, then on sugar, and if that isn't enough, which it wont, on tea. to be paid directly to the chinese government without a say in their operations. sound familiar? well it shouldn't, because this time, you will actually *owe* it to them.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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