Internet users in China were blocked from seeing YouTube.com on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.Invariably the discussion turns to the Olympic Games which are to be held in Beijing this summer. My view is if there will be no Olympic boycott (and at this stage I doubt their will be), let every athlete who medals wear a Tibetan flag on his lapel for the presentation of his medal or some other form of protest. The Chinese cannot fathom dissent and "disorder;" with these games that are supposed to symbolize their emergence as a world power, let them confront it everywhere they turn--and in a form they cannot squelch. It is high time the Chinese learn that it cannot be authoritarian and simultaneously embrace the rest of the world in friendship and sport.
The blocking added to the communist government's efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule.
Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.
There were no protest scenes posted on China-based video Web sites such as 56.com, youku.com and tudou.com.
Monday, March 17, 2008
China blocks YouTube over Tibet videos
The AP reports that the Chinese censorship apparatus is working overtime:
Posted by Nicholas Provenzo at 8:32 AM