China Arrests 6 on Coup Rumors

    Chinese paramilitary police stand on duty near flags during the fourth plenary session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 11, 2012.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    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.

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