Myanmar military shuts down the internet connection and Facebook. According to the Netblocks Internet Observatory, almost the entire Internet service has been cut off.
Earlier, social media Twitter and Instagram were shut down. About 16 percent of the connections have been cut off compared to other times.
Mass protests against the military coup are taking place in the country on Saturday. The biggest protest so far has been in Yangon, Myanmar.
About a thousand protesters marched on the street near Yangon University. Let the protesters’ military dictatorship be overthrown, Let democracy win, let it win ‘.
They demanded the release of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained leaders. The protesters blocked the main roads in the city center has to stop Shield.
Protesters, including factory workers and students, demanded the release of Suu Kyi and others detained by the military. They marched on the streets of Yangon. The buses sounded horns in support of the protest.
Roses and a bottle of water over the hands of the police and demonstrators in support of the new regime did not support the protest, said.
On social media, there has been a movement called Hashtagwinid Democracy, Hashtaghiardya Voice of Myanmar and Freedom for Fear. The Myanmar government shut down Facebook last Thursday to quell the protests.
In Myanmar, Facebook serves as the main source of news for people.
News of the military coup and the protests quickly spread on Facebook. After the closure of Facebook, thousands of users became active on Twitter and Instagram. They started using hashtags to protest the military coup. Twitter and Instagram were also ordered to shut down around 10 pm local time on Friday.
No official statement was issued by the army. According to AFP, they have documents that have not been verified by the ministry. It says that the two social media were misleading the people.
Last Monday, the country’s army staged coup in Myanmar. They seized power by overthrowing the elected government of the Suu Kyi-led NLD and arrested her.
Military authorities have declared a state of emergency in the country for a year. Several lawsuits have been filed against Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi will remain on remand until February 15 on these charges.
Suu Kyi could face up to two years in prison on charges of possessing an illegally imported walkie-talkie.