Anonymous activists have issued a video statement announcing that ‘Operation Tibet’ will be targeting Chinese government sites on February 13, which falls on Tibetan Independence Day. This action will be the latest in an increasing number of attacks, which are taken in solidarity with the Tibetan cause. Many thanks to @TibetAnonymous and @Op_TibetHQ for sharing news to our twitter team @tibettruth.
Image: courtesy of @AnonymousTibet
Something very strange is happening to a Twitter account run by @AnonymousTibet, (AT) the cause of which is uncertain, but before we continue here’s what we’ve learned from our colleagues @tibettruth. Seems that last month the anonymous account posted a video about activism targeting Chinese regime websites. They also tweeted to a few followers with an interest in Tibet an update on Tibetan Independence Day, which falls on February 13.
On that same day they were locked out of their account and despite several appeals and direct explanations it took a week to regain access. They received emails from Twitter Support apologizing for the inconvenience and acknowledging that their algorithms had wrongly interpreted AT as being a spam-bot.
Yay! Case closed and thanks to a whole lot of support from people across Twitter their account was again up and running. But wait a minute, when they logged in something was missing, only their 2000 plus followers! What’s more anyone trying to follow AT were being blocked from doing so! Meanwhile their emails and tweets to @TwitterSupport to help fully restore their account are being ignored, and at the time of this post the situation remains unresolved.
What is going down here? Is this administrative oversight by Twitter, or something darker? Are we seeing once again censorship? Has China exerted its suffocating influence once again? Whatever the facts it’s very worrying to see an account dedicated to human rights, justice and freedom being effectively banned. The only party which would welcome such a censorship is that of China’s regime!
We trust that Twitter will do the right thing here and lift the restrictions imposed upon @AnonymousTibet and restore their followers, anything else places into question their commitment to freedom-of-speech.
Thanks to @AnonymousTibet for sharing this image
We’re getting news in from our team over on Twitter of what looks like a massive strike against Chinese government and other sites in China. The anonymous action was launched December 4 by #BlackHat #Op_Tibet #OpFreeTibet and has smashed over 50 websites which have been taken offline in support of the Tibetan cause for national freedom and human rights. In addition a long list of official Chinese email accounts have also been hacked, leaving them open no doubt to further action.
To all those involved in this digital activism please know this, your support and solidarity with the just cause of Tibet is greatly welcomed. Thanks to all those who know who they are for striking this blow against the censorship and tyranny of China’s regime.
Image: print-screen of tweet by @AnonymousTibet
Anonymous hacktivists have today reported on Twitter another attack against a Chinese government website, this time ‘Operation Tibet’ has targeted a regional police website which seems to have been taken offline. This latest strike coincides with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and also follows other actions this week in which ‘Anonymous’ issued statements supporting the ongoing hunger-strike by members of the Tibetan Youth Congress.