Soldiers’ Deployment And Internet Access Cuts Increase Tension In Myanmar

The military junta that has taken power in Myanmar has cut the internet this morning for the second night in a row. With the restriction of their access to the web and the tanks in the streets, tension increases in the country, which has seen massive demonstrations in recent days in protest against the coup d’état perpetrated two weeks ago by the uniformed men.

According to the NetBlocks observatory, internet traffic in Myanmar fell to 15% of usual as of 1 a.m. on Tuesday. This is the fourth blockade, second in a row, suffered by the country’s communications since the uprising.


The escalation of tension between the military and the civil disobedience movement has been increasing since last February 1, the day of the riot. A total of 426 people have been arrested since then, of which 391 remain in detention. Among them the elected leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, whose release is demanded by the protesters.

The military also blocked social networks such as Facebook or Twitter days after the coup to prevent the organization of mobilizations and have reformed laws to subtract fundamental rights and allow more arrests. Specifically, articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Law for the Protection of Security and Privacy of Citizens, which requires an order to arrest someone and hold them for more than 24 hours, among other legal guarantees.

Despite all the riots over his release, the Police on Tuesday filed new charges against the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, whom the military accused of alleged electoral fraud in the elections last November where his party, the National League for Democracy, won again

as it already did in 2015.

The Nobel Peace Prize and State Councilor, who has been under house arrest since the coup, was charged on February 3 for illegally importing a telephone device and is expected to appear before the judge tomorrow.

As confirmed by lawyer Khin Maung Zaw, the president has also been accused of a crime related to the law of natural disasters. The same charge has been brought against the president, Win Myint, who is also under arrest. Myint has also been accused of breaking the social distancing measures imposed by the pandemic after organizing an electoral event attended by more than 30 people.

The reprisals that the military forces are taking against the protesters have not succeeded in silencing the demonstrations and strikes in much of the country. According to videos broadcast on the networks, despite the deployment of tanks, hundreds of people took to the streets this Monday chanting shouts of protest and holding banners that read: “End the dictatorship.”

The repression in the streets and the deployment of tanks in various areas of Yangon prompted a group of embassies, including those of the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and 12 other countries, to publish a statement on Sunday night in which they “unequivocally” condemned the arrest of political leaders, activists and officials, as well as the harassment of journalists.



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