YouTube releases ‘fabricated’ video,China blocks website: Google

Google said on Tuesday that its YouTube video-sharing website had been blocked in China.

Written by New York Times | New York | Published:March 26, 2009 12:26 am

Google said on Tuesday that its YouTube video-sharing website had been blocked in China. Google said it did not know why the site had been blocked,but a report by Xinhua news agency on Tuesday said that supporters of the Dalai Lama had fabricated a video that appeared to show Chinese police officers brutally beating Tibetans after riots last year in Lhasa,the Tibetan capital.

Xinhua did not identify the video,but based on the description it appears to match a video available on YouTube that was released by the Tibetan Government in exile. It purports to show police officers storming a monastery after riots in Lhasa last March,kicking and beating protesters. It includes graphic images of a protester’s wounds. According to the video,the protester later died.

“We don’t know the reason for the block,” Google spokesman Scott Rubin,said: “Our Government relations people are trying to resolve it.”

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