[permaculture] Tibet: China blocks YouTube, protests spread, bloggers react

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Sun Mar 16 23:37:47 EDT 2008

* George Bush removed China from a human rights blacklist just three days before the bloodshed in Lhasa. 
As for boycotting China, its current political regime and its exports see the following book in .pdf:
And as for repercussions:  http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/99496.pdf

Blog comment #8 posted by Will Shetterly Author Profile Page, March 16, 2008 10:56 AM
For anyone who wants to understand the complexities, I highly
recommend two articles that are very critical of both sides:
 From the Atlantic Monthly, Tibet Through Chinese Eyes.
And Michael Parenti's Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth.
The Black Power Olympic protests:
Maybe the solution would be to start a worldwide movement for the citizens of the world to rename China, Tibet.
Anytime someone uses the name China in any context they insert Tibet in place of it. That might solve a lot of problems.
- LL (there are many interesting comments (64 so far, most pro Tibet) following the main article in this Blog entry)
Tibet: China blocks YouTube, protests spread, bloggers react

Posted by Xeni Jardin, March 16, 2008 9:50 AM | permalink

* Above left: phonecam snapshots of protests in Amdo, Tibet, over the weekend; at right, phonecam video of the same.

* According to Shanghaiist (and now, mainstream news outlets), YouTube was blocked in China over the weekend, likely 
because of content related to the flood of pro-Tibetan-sovereignty protests in Tibet and elsewhere:

     International news channels such as CNN and BBC are also getting routinely blacked out. While we think this is a 
really poor way to deal with all the shit that's going on, we have been there many, many times, and survived. Time to 
turn on your VPN again, people! An

* John Kennedy at Global Voices confirms the YouTube block:

     As Tibet transitioned 
   into total lockdown and videos of the violent situation 
(http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2008/03/14/china-fire-on-the-streets-of-lhasa/) proliferated on YouTube 
(http://youtube.com/), people began noticing Saturday afternoon in China that the video-sharing website 
(http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/youtube_blocked_in_china_1.php) could not be accessed. Tech blogger Rick Martin 
on the CNET Asia Little Red Blog has (http://asia.cnet.com/blogs/littleredblog/post.htm?id=63002667) done some tests 
which confirm what many have assumed:

* Rebecca McKinnon at Global Voices (http://globalvoicesonline.org/) has an excellent roundup of reactions in the 
Chinese blogosphere (http://rconversation.blogs.com/rconversation/2008/03/tibet-is-discus.html):

     For those living in the West who didn't realize that there's little sympathy for Tibet independence among ethnic 
Chinese in the PRC, this blog post on Global Voices 
(http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2008/03/14/china-fire-on-the-streets-of-lhasa/) will be a shocker. John Kennedy has 
translated chatter from Chinese blogs and chatrooms that generally runs along the lines of: those ungrateful minorities, 
we give them modern conveniences and look how they thank us... where have we heard this before? Reuters has a roundup 
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/15/AR2008031500633.html) on the Washington Post that 
begins: "a look at Chinese blogs reveals a vitriolic outpouring of anger and nationalism directed against Tibetans and 
the West." (...)

     "Davesgonechina" (http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/) at the Tenement Palm blog has been translating the chatter 
coming from Chinese netizens on Fanfou and Jiwai - Chinese versions of Twitter. Click here 
(http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/2008/03/engaging-chinese-netizens-fanfou.html), here 
(http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/2008/03/chinese-tweet-updates-on-lhasa.html), and here 
(http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/2008/03/schizolympics-chinese-and-english-tibet.html), specifically. Dave has done 
more than translate: he points out that this Tibet situation is a real challenge to all people who believe that the 
Internet can help foster free speech and bring about better global understanding.  Here is his challenge to all of us...

* On Friday, protest in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, erupted into violence when police, army troops, and ethnic Tibetan 
demonstrators clashed. Some accounts place the death toll at 30, some at 100, some at 300. It's hard to separate rumor 
from truthful first-hand account, and hard to know exactly how many have been killed or injured, because communication 
in the region is so difficult. Foreign journalists are not allowed in, unaccompanied by official escorts. Internet and 
phone communications are routinely blocked by Chinese authorities when unrest occurs; some blogging tourists in Lhasa 
wanting to upload photos of what they witnessed have reported the presence of authorities inside 'net cafes. 
Pro-Tibetan-sovereignty sites like TCHRD (http://www.tchrd.org/), SFT (http://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/), and 
Phayul (http://phayul.com/) are posting first-person accounts online. Some of those reports are difficult to 
independently confirm, given the circumstances. The website of the Central Tibetan Administration (part of the 
government in exile, led by the Dalai Lama, based in India) posts this update. 

* The unrest spread this weekend 
(http://www.blog.newsweek.com/blogs/beijing/archive/2008/03/16/tibetan-troubles-spread.aspx) to regions outside Lhasa: 
police and protesters also clashed in China's Sichuan and Qinghai provinces 
(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/world/asia/16tibet.html?ref=asia), and Gansu province, all of which have large ethnic 
Tibetan populations. On Saturday...

     Demonstrations erupted for the second consecutive day in the city of Xiahe in Gansu Province, where an estimated 
4,000 Tibetans gathered near the Labrang Monastery. Local monks had held a smaller protest on Friday, but the 
confrontation escalated Saturday afternoon, according to witnesses and Tibetans in India who spoke with protesters by 

     Residents in Xiahe, reached by telephone, heard loud noises similar to gunshots or explosions. A waitress described 
the scene as “chaos” and said many injured people had been sent to a local hospital.

* China's government has declared a "people's war" against the Tibetan independence movement 
(http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSSP10739920080316), in "propaganda and security" measures, and has 
implemented what amounts to martial law in Lhasa.

     "Fight a people's war to oppose separatism and protect stability ... expose and condemn the malicious actions of 
these forces and expose the hideous face of the Dalai clique to broad daylight," senior regional and security officials 
announced after a meeting, according to the official Tibet Daily on Sunday.

* China's governor in Tibet promises harsh consequences for protest participants who do not turn themselves in by 
Tuesday. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/15/world/main3941253.shtml?source=mostpop_story)

* Speaking to reporters today in Dharamsala, India, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile (http://www.tibet.com/), 
the Dalai Lama called for an international inquiry 
(http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-China-Tibet.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin) into the current human rights conditions 
in Tibet.

     ''Whether intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place,'' said the Dalai Lama, 
the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. He was referring to China's policy of encouraging the ethnic Han majority to 
migrate to Tibet, restrictions on Buddhist temples and re-education programs for monks.

* George Bush removed China from a human rights blacklist 
(http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hC-KW2bK5Q-Jf3QlGoRMG1hkBO1A) just three days before the bloodshed in Lhasa.

UPDATE: Boing Boing reader Adam writes,

     I am visiting Beijing on business, and staying at a hotel that caters to Westerners. There have been reports that 
China was loosening controls on the media ahead of the Olympic games, in order to give visitors the impression that the 
media is unrestricted, but that is not the case in the last day.

     While watching CNN in my hotel room, the station goes dark during the top-of-the-hour news flash on the riots, then 
returns when the synopsis of "what's to come" is given about other stories, and then goes dark again while the coverage 
switches to Lhasa.

     Coverage returns with the anchor asking users to send in their first-hand reports to ireport.com, after all mention 
of the incident is over. Same results for BBC as well.

     The China Daily newspaper I grabbed from the lounge has a small article on the bottom of the front page, titled 
"Dalai Lama behind sabotage", and states that his "clique" has "organized, premeditated, and masterminded" the beatings, 
looting, and arson, which "has aroused the indignation of, and is strongly condemned by, the people of all ethnic groups 
in Tibet."

* Reports estimate that 20,000 Chinese troops have now been deployed to Lhasa 
(http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0317/p10s01-wosc.html) (thanks, Christal).

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