Sunday, September 13, 2015

India, China and US governments all censor the internet when they don’t want citizens to learn the truth

by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) A surge of caste-related unrest in India has led the government there to close off the internet in another attempt to silence opposition and control the narrative. This is a tactic that is often used in neighboring China, and it might even be coming to U.S. networks in the future.

As reported by Al Jazeera, the Indian government deployed the army and other paramilitary forces and imposed a curfew in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state of Gujarat, after deadly violence broke out at a protest led by a powerful caste demanding greater access to government jobs and colleges.

The Gujarat state government imposed a curfew in parts of Ahmedabad as well as four additional cities and towns across the western state following protests involving about 500,000 members of the affluent Patel caste.
In addition, according to a Times of India blog tracking the protests and events in real time, a government-imposed shutdown of the internet was extended on August 27 for two more days, making it impossible for protesters to use social media to get their message out.

Patels tossing stones also torched cars, buses and police stations following the arrest of their leader, Hardik Patel, who had led a massive protest in Ahmedabad, according to police sources who spoke with Al Jazeera.

Controlling narratives – and the masses

The Arab news site further reported:
At least a dozen officers were injured in the violence, prompting the first curfew in the state since 2002 when communal riots left at least 1,000 people dead, Gujarat Director General of Police P C Thakur said.

“The curfew was imposed following large scale arson and rioting by members of the Patidar [or Patel] community in different cities of the state late on Tuesday,” Thakur told Agence France-Presse, as cited by Al Jazeera.

China frequently uses the tactic of shutting down internet access to contain the spread of truthful information via social media.

In January, Reuters reported that Chinese authorities shut down 50 web sites and social media for a variety of “crimes” ranging from the posting of pornography to “publishing political news without a permit.”

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