Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s new military authorities appear to have cut most access to the internet as they face a rising tide of protest over their coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. A London-based service that tracks internet disruptions says a near-total internet shutdown is now in effect in Myanmar. The blackout is a stark reminder of the progress Myanmar is in danger of losing after Monday’s coup plunged the nation back under direct military rule after a nearly decade-long move toward greater openness and democracy. In one of the largest protests so far, about 1,000 people marched down a main street in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, and were met by more than 100 riot police. There was no violence reported.last_img

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