Crowd protests against military rule in Myanmar

Crowd protests against military rule in Myanmar
Source: REUTERS
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Daily US Times: Hundreds of people have rallied in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, to protest against this week’s military coup. The crowd gathered in the country amid tight security.

“Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win,” the crowd chanted and it is the largest protest seen since the military took over.

They called for release of the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others detained by the army.

The protest came despite Myanmar’s military efforts to stop people mobilising by shutting down social media.

Telenor, one of the country’s main internet providers, confirmed on Friday evening that it had been ordered to deny access to the two sites “until further notice”.

On Thursday, the coup leaders blocked Facebook for the sake of “stability” and on Saturday, unconfirmed reports emerged of a total internet shutdown.

Defeco leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, her lawyer says. Police documents show she is accused of illegally importing and using communications equipment – walkie-talkies – at her home in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Many people in Myanmar had watched the 1 February coup unfold in real time on Facebook, which is the country’s primary source of news and information. But internet providers were ordered three days later to block the platform for stability reasons.

Following the ban, thousands of users were active on Instagram and Twitter using hashtags to express their opposition to the takeover. By 22:00 local time on Friday access to those platforms had also been denied.

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