Astrill VPN Blocked in China Ahead of WW2 Event

VPN services in China are being disrupted ahead of a ceremony in Beijing next week to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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Astrill VPN, which is based in the Seychelles, has informed users that they should expect outages with the service between now and September 3rd, reports the South China Morning Post.

“Due to upcoming Beijing’s military parade next week, China is cracking down on IPSec VPNs using GFW auto-learning technique,” said the VPN service, below.

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Most of the issues have been reported by iOS users.

We’ve reached out to Astrill VPN for a comment and will update this story when or if we hear back.

This isn’t the first time that Astrill VPN has allegedly felt the wrath of Chinese censors. Back in late January, Astrill was among several other VPNs including Express and Vypr that were blocked.

China will be holding a military parade next month to mark 70 years since the end of World War II. It’s a somewhat controversial event. Western leaders have declined to attend but Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will be in attendance.

The Chinese government has a habit of ramping up its online censorship routine when a historical event is approaching and they want to quell any dissent. For example, in the lead up to the anniversary of Tiananmen Square, swathes of new sites were banned.