Monday, October 25

Burmese military government orders Facebook blockade

Popular protests in Burma against the military coup.

Popular protests in Burma against the military coup.

The Burmese military government, which took power on Monday in a coup, ordered the telecommunications companies on Tuesday night blocking access to Facebook, while observing the first civil disobedience campaigns.

“The telecommunication operators in Burma have been ordered to temporarily block Facebook. We urge the authorities to restore connectivity so that people in Burma can communicate with family and friends and access important information,” a regional spokeswoman for Burma told EFE. the social network.

The NetBlocks portal, which is responsible for monitoring access to computer communications around the world, confirmed that Facebook and other platforms dependent on the parent company, such as Instagram or Facebook Messenger, have been restricted by the operator MPT, which is publicly owned and controlled. by the government. The private company Telenor also shows a decrease in access to the social network, notes NetBlocks.

In a statement, Norway-based Telenor confirmed that the Ministry of Transport and Communications, now controlled by the military, has asked “all mobile phone and internet operators” to block Facebook.

“While the order has a legal basis in Burmese law, Telenor does not believe that the request is based on necessity and proportionality, in accordance with international law of the human rights“says the company, which nevertheless remarks that it will comply with the directive starting today while expressing” its grave concern about the violation of human rights“.

With a population of 54 million, there are an estimated 22 million users of Facebook in Burma, the predominant social network in the country.

The military coup has generated in the country a incipient civil disobedience movement It has been joined by health personnel from more than 70 hospitals and medical centers in Burma who refuse to work for a dictatorship.

Thousands of residents of Rangoon, the former capital and most populous city in the country, also protested last night for the second day in a row against the coup with noisy casseroles.

The military on Monday forced the declaration of a state of Emergency to seize power by alleging an alleged massive fraud in the general elections held in November and where the National League for Democracy (LND), headed by Nobel Peace Prize Aung Sann Suu Kyi, swept the polls.

Yesterday, the police filed charges against Suu Kyi, deposed as State Councilor, and against Win Myint, the deposed president, and are holding them in custody.

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