Military in Myanmar blocks Facebook

Military rulers in Myanmar have blocked access to Facebook, days after the coup against the democratically elected government, and the arrest of the leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Facebook is particularly popular in Myanmar, for many, it is the only access they have to the internet, the ousted government had made public statements through the social media platform urging people to not accept the military coup, and calling for civil disobedience against the military coup and the arrest of Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mobile service provider Telenor Myanmar which is part of the Norwegian Telenor Group has confirmed in a statement that the internet service provider received a directive from the communications ministry to temporarily block Facebook. It added they will comply with the directive but they expressed their concern that it is a breach of human rights.

Facebook has expressed as well their concerns and urged the authorities to restore communications, so people in Myanmar can get in touch with their families and friends.

The ruling party -National League for Democracy (NLD)- and other activists have called for civil disobedience against the military coup. The medical personnel has declared that they won’t work for the military government, also residents in the main city Yangon have engaged in “noise protests” by banging pots and pans and beeping car horns in the darkness to show their anger, to protest against the coup and to support the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The recent protests movement seemed to have gotten a push from the military treatment to the prime minister Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, both of them have been arrested on Monday. Suu Kyi has been charged for possessing illegally imported walkies-talkies said her party on Wednesday, this carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. At the moment both President Win Myint and Prime Minister Suu Kyi are believed to remain under house arrest, where they were kept after the army coup.