Coup as Myanmar’s general has instructed internet providers to block access to Facebook on Thursday, as UN chief Antonio Guterres said the world must come together to guarantee that the military coup isn’t successful.
The Southeast Asian nation was forced back into direct military rule on Monday as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders were arrested in a series of dawn confrontations and arrest, terminating the country short experiment with democracy.
The coup caused international criticism and worries as people fears the military will drag 54 million people back to the decades of junta rule that transformed Myanmar into one of Asia most impoverished and repressive nations.
With soldiers patrolling the streets of major cities, the coup has so far not sparked any form of mass pro-democracy street protests.
Afterall, hundreds of followers of the Tatmadaw, as the military is referred to, gathered in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw Thursday in sufully supporting the military and them taking over.
Some carried signs which read: National decievers who rely on foreign countries are not needed and Tatmadaw loves and cares for the people.
People have fled to social media to speak out against the opposition and revealed plans for civil stubbornness especially on Facebook.
We have digital leverage therefore so we are using this medium to oppose the military junta,stated activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi, who is in charge of a so-called Civil Disobedience campaign spreading like wildfire cross various social media platforms.
Telenor, which is major telecoms providers in the country, has revealed on Thursday that the military instructed it to temporarily restrict users from using Facebook.
The Norwegian-owned company stated that it had to obey but does not believe that the request is fair as citizens should be given freedom to speak out, in accordance with international human rights law
Facebook has also disclosed that access is currently discontinued for some people and encouraged authorities to restore connectivity.
NetBlocks, which watches internet outages around the globe, said the interference was also affecting Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp.
For many people in Myanmar, Facebook is the medium used to access the internet and a very important tool to receive information.
The very first thing we do each morning is to look our phone, the very last thing we do before going to bed at in the night is to look our phone,said Aye, a 32-year-old entrepreneur who is against the coup.
A small scale protest begun on Thursday in front of a medical university in the northern city of Mandalay, with protesters carrying cards that read: People protest against the military coup!
Local media stated that the police have arrested four people, however, our sources could not confirm if the detentions are real.