Cisco sued by Chinese prisoners

Accused of being complicit in State snooping and suppression
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According to The Age, the US law firm Ward and Ward has brought the case on behalf of a number of dissidents, including Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanshi and Liu Xianbin.

The prosecution lawyer, Daniel Ward, has apparently compared Cisco’s support of the Chinese Government to IBM’s behaviour in Nazi Germany (IBM created and sold the punchcard machines that allegedly allowed the Nazi regime to identify and catalogue the Jewish population).

“Cisco has, for years now, knowingly aided and abetted the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing efforts to stifle the free speech and discourse of its citizenry,” said Ward.

“They aren't just selling routers to a corrupt regime. They are selling the technology, training and software specifically designed to monitor, censor and suppress the Chinese people. And they are doing so knowing full well how the CCP treats dissenters.”

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