Myanmar’s military seized power and blocked Facebook

Myanmar's military seized power and blocked Facebook

The military, which has seized power in Myanmar, has blocked access to Facebook in the country because of calls to disobey their orders.

Directives demanding the temporary closure of access to the American social network, popular in Myanmar, received all Internet service providers. A spokesman for Telenor Myanmar, the country’s largest cell phone company, expressed doubts that the decision was made with an eye toward inalienable human rights.

Users report that the outages began on Wednesday night. Another protest rally was taking place at that time. Myanmar residents, following the example of fighting the military junta in the 1980s, are using “noise fighting” tactics: banging pans, shouting, honking and playing loud music at designated nighttime hours. The new authorities are also threatened by strikes: doctors, in particular, are refusing to work for them.

On February 1, there was a coup d’état in Myanmar. The military disagreed with the results of the fall elections, in which the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a decisive victory. The military announced the dissolution of the government and detained Myanmar President Win Myin and party head Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as state advisor and foreign minister.

A one-year state of emergency was imposed on the country. At its end, the army promised to organize new elections, after which power would be transferred to a new government. In addition, the military promised to deal with the fraud in the last parliamentary elections. In the meantime, all power has passed into the hands of the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing.

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