MOSCOW, February 14 – RIA Novosti. Nearly complete internet outages have been observed in Myanmar, which has previously hosted protests, according to NetBlocks, a non-governmental organization that analyzes Internet operations.
According to NGOs, in the country from 1.00 (21.30 Moscow time) “an almost complete disconnection of the Internet” was recorded, access to the network dropped to 14% of the usual level “following the information blockade by order of the authorities.”
“It looks like the generals have declared war on the people of Myanmar: night raids, the number of detentions is growing, more and more deprivations of rights, another disconnection of the Internet, military columns are entering settlements. This speaks of despair. Generals, attention: you will be held accountable,” he wrote on Twitter, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Thomas Andrews.
Earlier in Myanmar, after the military came to power and amid protests, there were interruptions in Internet access, but on a smaller scale. On Saturday last week, the monitoring service NetBlocks reported that network access in the country fell to 54%.
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On the afternoon of February 1, the military who came to power in Myanmar declared their commitment to a multi-party democratic system and pledged to hold elections after the end of the state of emergency, which was imposed across the country for one year. Most of the arrested NLD (National League for Democracy) MPs and functionaries detained on the morning of February 1 were released on February 3-5, but NLD government leaders, including ousted Myanmar President U Win Myint and NLD leader, State Counsel Aung San Suu Kyi remain under house arrest.
Meanwhile, massive street protests continue in Myanmar, demanding the military to return power to a democratically elected government, convene the first session of parliament elected in elections on November 8, 2020, and immediately release the arrested leaders. A campaign of civil disobedience is expanding in the country, in which doctors, teachers, government officials and workers in public and private enterprises cease work in protest against the military's rise to power.