Monday, March 17, 2008

China blocks YouTube over Tibet videos

The AP reports that the Chinese censorship apparatus is working overtime:

Internet users in China were blocked from seeing on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.

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, 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, and
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.


Cheerwino said...

Perhaps a form of silent protest like the one from the 1968 Mexico City games.

P.S. By the way, it should be "there" instead of "their" in the line beginning "My view is."

Nicholas Provenzo said...

That's a good idea; I think that it is important that one way or another the participants in the Olimpics acknowledge that China is not all it should be.

RickWilmes said...

During the opening ceremonies, the atheletes should refuse to walk into the stadium under their own flag. Instead, they should let the Tibetan atheletes, if there are any, walk out first carrying their flag with the rest of the atheletes following.

Burgess Laughlin said...

Most news reports I have read have not been very informative. Some news reports indicate that some rioters have killed Chinese businessmen and burned their businesses. I wonder:
- Are the rioters fighting for individual rights--or are they tribalists fighting against another, bigger tribe?
- Are the rioters racists?

I see nothing that would lead me to take sides in this brawl. Yes, religious people have a right to practice their religion free of interference by the state. But if the Buddhists had the power would they grant that right to all others?

I suggest caution in approaching this situation.