CRACKDOWN

China Arrests 6 on Coup Rumors

Ng Han Guan / AP Photo

China arrested six people over the weekend and shut down at least 16 websites in a sweeping crackdown on Internet speech, especially on microblogs and social networking sites. The campaign was announced late Friday, and clamps down on rumors that former top government official Bo Xilai was dismissed in March because of a coup. The government said it was "cleaning up" the "harmful messages" about "military vehicles entering Beijing," as even comments sections were combed and shuttered.