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Tibetan Group Calls for Boycott of Internet Search Service


A Tibet advocacy group has organized an international protest against the Internet search engine Google after the company accepted government restrictions on use of its service in China.

Students For a Free Tibet said Tuesday that thousands of Tibetans around the world have stopped using the Google service. They say they have sent 45-thousand electronic protest messages to Google executives as well.

The group also organized a demonstration in the northern Indian city of Dharmsala, the headquarters of the exiled Tibetan government.

The group is condemning Google's move to obey Beijing's restrictions on free speech, saying it will prohibit access to information about Tibet and other sensitive political issues.

Google executives have defended the decision, acknowledging the restrictions are inconsistent with the company's policy, but saying they are a worthwhile sacrifice to reach more users.

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