Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cisco accused of helping China to block Internet

11 members of the religious movement Falun Gong filed a complaint against Cisco U.S. courts, according to the Associated Press. They accuse him of providing equipment that the Chinese government used to spy on them, which led to their arrests and torture. The complaint will even argue that Cisco offers technical support for this purpose and marketing presentations that tout the schools' Policenet ", a system able to track the Internet activities of members of this religious cult, according to Cnet.

John Chambers, Cisco PD G, sent a statement to the BBC to deny the charges and promising to "vigorously defend" its operations. Falun Gong has asked for damages in an unspecified amount and cessation of activities that the group considers to be illegal. According to them, Cisco sells equipment to the Chinese government for the Golden Shield Project, the national firewall, knowing full well that will be used to track down and arrest dissidents of the regime.

Cisco said it does not manage any network in China or elsewhere and the equipment it sells to the government of Hu Jintao are identical to those offered to other states. They are not, according to the statement, modified to Chinese repression and meet U.S. standards. Many governments and organizations of human rights have often criticized China because of repression muscled it operates against members of Falun Gong.

In France, the Interministerial Mission for the fight against sectarian considers the group as a religious movement and not a cult. This is not the case of China who speaks of "cult" since July 1998 when the founder decided to deny the government. According to an article in The New York Times published in 2009, Chinese authorities have detained tens of thousands of practitioners and 2,000 died in their cells.

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