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China Punishes Internet Sites for Coup Talks

China's state media say the government has closed down 16 websites, arrested six people, and punished two social media sites for circulating rumors about a coup.

Xinhua said late Friday the crackdown came after a surge in online rumors about a coup following the dismissal of a popular politician - Bo Xilai - leader of the city of Chongqing.

Analysts say the clampdown underscores China's anxieties over a public that is wired to the Internet and eager to discuss political events despite censorship and threats of punishment.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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