Since last night (local time) almost all of Myanmar has been without internet. This is evident from an analysis by NetBlocks, an organization that monitors internet traffic. Tonight only 14 percent of the usual internet traffic in the country seems to be possible.
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Several hours earlier, military personnel were seen in several cities in the country. The US Embassy warned of ‘military movements’ in Yangon, the country’s main city. The embassy is calling on Americans in Myanmar to “seek safe shelter.”
The army staged a coup two weeks ago and imprisoned government leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The army then announced that it would remain in power for at least one year.
There have been ongoing protests in the country since the coup. Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar residents take to the streets every day demanding the government’s release. Their latest weapon in that battle? They get tattoos of the arrested leader en masse:
Since the coup, the military has not intervened as hard as yesterday. This happened especially in the northern city of Myitkyina. The military tried to stop the protests there and started firing at protesters.
Protesters opposing the internet blockade were dispersed with tear gas. Five journalists who reported on the demonstration were also arrested. Images on social media show how military vehicles and soldiers spread through parts of the country.
‘Quest for democracy’
Not only the US Embassy, but also the ambassadors of the European Union, Great Britain and Canada in Myanmar are concerned. “We call on troops not to use violence against protesters and civilians,” they write in a statement.
According to the ambassadors, the protests are the result of the coup d’état. “We support the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, freedom and peace. The world is watching.”
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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