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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 Ammohunt on 7/6/2009 2:28:06 PM , Rating: 0
it doesn't take any brains to bitch and complain whilst holding a Sign refering to the bitch or complaint you have i.e. any hippie protest for the last 40 years. Smart protests have embedded meanings and futher an agenda i.e. Boston tea party. Calculated Violence(sometimes blind violence at first) has been more often then not the solution to exact change in a meaningful way throughout human history.

By Iaiken on 7/6/2009 4:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, just look at Mogadishu: where anything that can be accomplished by violence, has been.

By EricMartello on 7/7/2009 1:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody wants to be in the receiving end of violence, but if you are the one dishing it out you can be ASSURED that you will get attention and get noticed. I don't think that violence alone can solve a problem, but it will at least get an agenda on the table in front of a captive audience.

Here's a simple example. Pretend that both of these scenarios happened to you:

- Get off my lawn!


- [punch in the face] Get off my lawn!

You will remember one of them a lot more clearly and in more detail than the other. :)

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