Lawsuit Claims Cisco Aided Chinese Repression

Monday May 23rd 2011 by Staff

Members of Falun Gong are suing the network equipment provider because they say the company knew its products would be used to track down and persecute members of the religious group. Members of Falun Gong have filed a lawsuit against Cisco in the U.S. Federal Court in Northern California. They claim that the network equipment provider knew that its products would be used to create China's "Golden Shield," an Internet surveillance system that was used to track down members of the banned religious group. Between 1,000 and 5,000 people were arrested for visiting Falun Gong sites, and at least one man was beaten to death.

In a statement, the company responded to the lawsuit, saying, "Cisco does not operate networks in China or elsewhere, nor does Cisco customize our products in any way that would facilitate censorship or repression."

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