Myanmar Junta Blocks Internet Access as Coup Protests Expand

The communication blockages came after a coup plunged the nation back under direct military rule after a nearly decade-long move toward greater openness and democracy.

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In this image made from video, protesters flash the three-fingered salute while they gather to march Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s new military authorities appeared to have cut most access to the Internet on Saturday as they faced a rising tide of protest over their coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi's elected civilian government.(AP Photo)
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s new military authorities appeared to have cut most access to the Internet on Saturday as they faced a rising tide of protest over their coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected civilian government. Numerous internet users noted a slow disappearance of data services, especially from mobile service providers, that accelerated sharply late Saturday morning. Broadband connection also later failed, while there were mixed reports on whether landline telephone service…

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