China Pulls the Plug on YouTube…Again

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Last month, the Chinese government blocked access to video-sharing Web site YouTube because the site played hosts to videos of protests in Tibet, including riots in the Tibetan capital of Llasa. Now, China has blocked access to YouTube yet again, apparently because the site contains videos of Chinese soldiers beating Tibetans, includign monks. Videos from Reuters and other sources show footage of Chinese soldiers and paramilitary groups arresting and beating Tibetan protesters, although much of the footage lacks dates and locations.

A Chinese government spokesperson refused to confirm to the BBC whether YouTube had been blocked, but independent sources indicate YouTube is again inaccessible in mainland China.

China invaded Tibet in 1950, and contends it has dealt “lawfully” with repeated Tibetan protests of Chinese rule.