A Chinese government ban on VPNs that allow people to connect to the internet from afar has prompted an online protest from a pro-democracy activist group.
The Chinese government also bans access to the Tor network, a popular anonymizing service.
China’s internet users have been using Tor since it was launched in the 1990s.
In response to the ban, an online petition was created by activists on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, urging Chinese people to protest against the ban and to call on Chinese authorities to cancel the ban.
Read moreChina’s Internet Users’ Support for Tor: Weibo Petition A group of social media users from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were among those who signed the petition.
In the past, China has banned several other websites for alleged censorship.
The People’s Daily, China ‘s official news agency, on Sunday said the ban on Tor was an “intrusive measure” and urged the Chinese government to immediately cancel it.
On Sunday, the PLA said it would “defend its territory, protect its territory and protect its sovereignty and interests,” according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
China has made it a crime to “distribute information” about the military, state-owned Xinhua said.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between China and the United States over the South China Sea.
In an effort to bolster the legitimacy of the crackdown, China on Monday said the government was considering a list of more than 1,600 websites that could be blocked, according to the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency.