Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

Myanmar junta limits internet, seizes satellite TV dishes

By PTI YANGON: An information blackout under Myanmar’s military junta worsened Thursday as fiber broadband service, the last legal way for ordinary people to access the internet, became intermittently inaccessible on several networks. Authorities in some areas have also begun confiscating satellite dishes used to access international news broadcasts. Protests against the the Feb.1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi continued Thursday despite the killing of 11 people by security forces a day earlier. It was unclear if the internet interruptions for at least two…

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Myanmar junta frees hundreds held for anti-coup protests

Myanmar junta frees hundreds held for anti-coup protests

By Associated Press YANGON: Myanmar’s state TV says 628 people imprisoned for protesting last month’s coup have been released. Witnesses outside Insein Prison in Yangon on Wednesday saw busloads of mostly young people, looking happy with some flashing the three-finger gesture of defiance adopted by the protest movement. The prisoners appear to be the hundreds of students detained in early March while demonstrating against the February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Source link

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Myanmar protests: Junta crackdown on anti-coup dissent triggers exodus from Yangon

Myanmar protests: Junta crackdown on anti-coup dissent triggers exodus from Yangon

By Associated Press YANGON: Roads out of Myanmar’s biggest city were choked on Friday with people fleeing the junta’s deadly crackdown on anti-coup dissent, as authorities in neighbouring Thailand said they were preparing for an influx of refugees. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, triggering a mass uprising that security forces have sought to crush with a campaign of violence and fear.  At least two more protesters were killed on Friday in a small trading town in northeastern…

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Myanmar security forces cordon 200 peaceful protesters

Myanmar security forces cordon 200 peaceful protesters

By AFP YANGON: Hundreds of peaceful anti-coup protesters were cordoned by Myanmar security forces in Yangon on Monday, the UN said, warning they were “deeply concerned” about their fate.  The country has been in turmoil since a February 1 coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and triggered mass protests against the new military junta. The police and military have responded with an increasingly brutal crackdown on demonstrators, with more than 50 people killed and nearly 1,800 arrested. As demonstrators across the country sought to paralyse the economy with strike…

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces two new criminal charges

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces two new criminal charges

By AFP NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is facing two new criminal charges after her court hearing via video link in Naypyidaw. The deposed civilian leader is accused of a violation of communications laws as well as intent to incite public unrest, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said. “We can not say for sure how many more cases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will face in this period,” he told reporters in Naypyidaw Monday. IN PICS | 18 lives lost, agony continues: One month after coup, here’s how Myanmar is…

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Myanmar's UN envoy Kyaw Moe Tun dramatically opposes coup in his country

Myanmar's UN envoy Kyaw Moe Tun dramatically opposes coup in his country

By Associated Press UNITED NATIONS: Myanmar’s UN ambassador strongly opposed the military coup in his country and appealed for the “strongest possible action from the international community” to immediately restore democracy in a dramatic speech to the UN General Assembly on Friday that drew loud applause from many diplomats in the 193-nation global body. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun began his statement saying he represented Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy “civilian government elected by the people” in November, and supported their fight for the end of military rule. He…

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Myanmar police deploy early to crank up pressure on protests

Myanmar police deploy early to crank up pressure on protests

By Associated Press YANGON: Police in Myanmar on Saturday escalated their crackdown on demonstrators against this month’s military takeover, deploying early and in force as protesters sought to assemble in the country’s two biggest cities. Myanmar’s crisis took a dramatic turn on Friday on the international stage when the country’s ambassador to the United Nations at a special session of the General Assembly declared his loyalty to the ousted civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and called on the world to pressure the military to cede power. There were…

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Facebook bans Myanmar junta from its platforms weeks after coup

Facebook bans Myanmar junta from its platforms weeks after coup

By ANI WASHINGTON: Facebook on Thursday announced its decision to ban the Myanmar military and military-controlled state media from using its platforms following the coup to dislodge the civilian government. “Today, we are banning the remaining Myanmar military (“Tatmadaw”) and military-controlled state and media entities from Facebook and Instagram, as well as ads from military-linked commercial entities … Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” the statement said. On February 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the government and declared a year-long state…

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Pro-military marchers in Myanmar attack anti-coup protesters

Pro-military marchers in Myanmar attack anti-coup protesters

By Associated Press YANGON: Members of a group supporting Myanmar’s military junta attacked and injured people protesting Thursday against the army’s Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. At least several people were injured in the attacks in Myanmar’s largest city. The chaos complicates an already intractable standoff between the military and a protest movement that has been staging large-scale demonstrations daily to have Suu Kyi’s government restored to power. Fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are urging Myanmar’s…

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Experts fear fresh wave of political prisoners in Myanmar

Experts fear fresh wave of political prisoners in Myanmar

By Associated Press JAKARTA: Whether taken from their homes in the middle of the night or grabbed off the streets during protests, hundreds of people have been arrested in the weeks since Myanmar’s military coup, leading human rights groups and experts to fear a sizable expansion in the number of political prisoners in the country. As of Tuesday, some 696 people — including monks, writers, activists, politicians and others — had been arrested in relation to the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, or AAPP, a Myanmar-based…

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