The new military regime in Myanmar has blocked access to Facebook because of the rise of civil ignorance there. Citizens of the country want to protest against the coup d’état of Sunday, which deposed the government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, elected in november.
Facebook urges the military to withdraw the blockade, “so that people in Myanmar can contact their family and friends and have access to important information”.
During and after the coup, 147 people were arrested, says an organisation for political prisoners. Among the arrested are members of the government, including Suu Kyi himself.
The army is accusing her of possessing illegally imported walkie-talkies. There are reports that she is under house arrest in the capital Naypyidaw, but that has not been officially confirmed.
Civil disobedience says not to stop until the legally elected government of Suu Kyi has returned. In a short time, the movement received many tens of thousands of followers on Facebook. Among them are doctors from hospitals. Yesterday, they laid the groundwork, including in the capital Naypyidaw and Yangon.
Residents of Yangon heard a noise protest last night for the second night in a row. They locked pots and pans together and honked their cars.