YouTube blocked in China

China has blocked YouTube after footage of soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans appeared on the site.

BBC News report:

The date and location of the footage, posted by a Tibetan exile group, cannot be ascertained.

A Chinese government spokesman would not confirm whether YouTube had indeed been blocked.

China has a history of blocking websites which carry messages it views as politically unacceptable.

In most of China, YouTube has suddenly become inaccessible.

The site has been carrying a graphic video released by Tibetan exiles, which shows hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery – a group of troops beat a man with batons.

Here is a Reuters report featuring the footage that got the Chinese government upset:

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