Internet Restored in Myanmar, Protests Grow

Internet and phone services have been partially restored in Myanmar after the military government has disconnected local providers amid growing pro-democracy protests.

“Partial restoration of Internet connectivity confirmed in #Myanmar from 2pm local time on multiple providers following information blackout,” reported Internet monitoring service Netblocks.

Some citizens in Yangon reported that mobile data access was restored by Sunday afternoon.

MPT, Ooredoo, Telenor, and Mytel users said that they could access mobile Internet data and WiFi.

Aside from the restoration of connectivity, protests grew calling for the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aside from ordinary citizens, monks, civil servants, and health workers joined the protests in Yangon while other smaller movements were also held in Dawei and in Myitkyina .

The protesters chanted “Say no to dictatorship” and “We want democracy” while carrying protest banners and Buddhist flags alongside  League for Democracy (NLD) flags.

Yangon-based Myanmar Now newspaper quoted activist Ei Thinzar Maung said that more calls are being made to hold a general strike in the government sector in protest of the military takeover.

The protests were reportedly peacful but police have used water cannons and knocked some protesters down after deploying them at close range.. 

Fears have grew among rights groups that the military might resort to violent dispersal methods again like it did in 1988 and 2007.

No violent incident or casualties have been reported yet but a protester suffered from injuries after getting hit with a water cannon. 


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