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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 oTAL on 7/6/2009 12:51:02 PM , Rating: 3
And the cowards are the most silent.

Anyone that knows me would tell you I'm way above average when it comes to intelligence... and yet I'd be willing to risk my life in an organized effort to topple an oppressive and corrupt government.

RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By Ammohunt on 7/6/2009 2:11:14 PM , Rating: 1
Then why did you vote in a an "oppressive and corrupt government" by voting for Obama?

RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By aj28 on 7/6/2009 6:54:25 PM , Rating: 3
Opinionated, irrelevant, and as of November 4th, over.

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 6:34:14 PM , Rating: 4
So just cut ur crap, and welcome to the real world.

The fact that corruption exists in the US doesn't make it any more tolerable in China. That's very poor logic on your part...

RE: Denial of access to save lives?
By oTAL on 7/7/2009 6:14:21 AM , Rating: 2
@ Ammohunt and chick0n:

why did you vote in a an "oppressive and corrupt government" by voting for Obama

I don't know how that is relevant at all but for your sake I'll add that I'm not even American. I'm an European (Portuguese) and we have democracy over here as well...

your beloved US government

So just cut ur crap, and welcome to the real world.

Here's my assumptions form your post:
You're American and you've probably never been outside the US. The article isn't about the US and there is a world beyond the US borders.

After YOU get to know the real world, then you're welcome to share your thoughts.
My recommendations for good and educative vacations (not sarcasm):
Brazil (jungle, city and the northeastern coast);
Cuba (get to know the country and not the beaches);
Morocco or Jordan;
France or England.

If I might add a few I have never visited but I'm pretty sure would be worth it:
South Africa;

By Ammohunt on 7/8/2009 5:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
I have been to many places around the world; Europe most extensively and nowhere have I found a more insulated and small minded population then there. Hell the Kuwaitis know more about freedom then anyone I have come across in Europe(including family members). The EU is not the center of the world any more and hasn't been for last 200 or so odd years. Get used to it.

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