Arrests as China web users call for revolution
Posted in: Censorship at 21/02/2011 17:08
Internet calls for China to stage its own Egypt-style revolution have led to activists being arrested and a tense stand-off in the middle of Beijing.
As many as 15 high-profile Chinese activists and human rights lawyers have been rounded up by authorities, according to their supporters.
They are reportedly being held in custody without charges.
China president calls for more Internet oversight
Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for stricter government management of the Internet while calls for gatherings inspired by uprisings in the Middle East spread on Chinese websites abroad.
The messages have scant chance of inspiring protests in China whose one-party government has plenty of censorship controls in place and where most Chinese have difficulty gaining access to overseas websites because of a censorship "fire wall."
China blocks microblogs for 'Jasmine Revolution' [IDG]
China has suspended searches for content on the country's popular microblog, an apparent move to stifle mention of a "Jasmine Revolution" that was to be staged in Chinese cities on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, searches in Chinese for the word "Jasmine" had been blocked on a Twitter-like service operated by Sina. But by the evening, Sina had appeared to suspend searches for all content on the microblog, only allowing users to query for screen names, events and other criteria. Another microblog operated by Tencent also blocked searches relating to the word "Jasmine" or "Jasmine Revolution".