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China blocks YouTube after Tibetan protests

China has apparently blocked access to YouTube.com after video clips appeared on the website showing massive pro-independence protests in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Internet users that were trying to access YouTube were served a blank screen.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has been blocked in China. The last time was during the 17th Communist Party Congress in October of 2007 and was thought to be because the award of a US congressional gold medal to the Dalai Lama. Chinese police and soldiers clashed with Buddhist monks in several towns in Tibet during a crackdown on celebrations to mark that event.

The Shanghaist also reports that CNN and BBC are also getting routinely blacked out.

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