Myanmar’s new military government on Monday banned social networking site Facebook amid calls for a defiance movement to protest the overthrow of the overthrow of the elected government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Facebook is very popular in Myanmar and most people are now getting internet access. The Army had on Monday given a coup before the new session of Parliament began and took into custody other top politicians, including Suu Kyi.
Some 70 MPs, newly elected against the coup, called a symbolic meeting of Parliament on Thursday, defying the order of the new military government. According to the MPs, informally calling a meeting of Parliament was symbolic, through which they gave the message that they are the legitimate law makers of the country, not the army.
Some MPs expressed anger while leaving the guest house and committed to oppose the coup. Soy Soy Chi, a member of the National League for Democratic Party of Suu Kyi, said, “This is a violation of the human rights of all citizens.” This is not a coup, but treason against the government. I would like to say that this is treason. ”
The army has announced that it will rule under a state of emergency for a year and then conduct elections in which the winners will take over the government. Opposition to the coup is also intensifying. On the busy street of the country’s largest city of Yangon, a mural was shown on which the slogans were written, “Do not want dictatorship”.
Around 20 people in Mandalay town, known as centers of political activity, demonstrated against the coup before the University of Medicine, three of which have been arrested by the police. Health workers have announced that they will not work with the military government. On Wednesday, for the second night in a row, the residents of Yangon protested the coup by making horns of the car and making noise.
At the same time, thousands of people took out a rally in support of military rule in the capital Nepeta on Thursday. It is considered an attempt to get the approval of military rule. Soo Chi is very popular in Myanmar and his party reported on Wednesday that he has been accused of illegally possessing walkie-talkies. It is believed that his bodyguard used it and was present at Suu Kyi’s house.
If Sui Chi’s charge is proved, he could be sentenced to three years of imprisonment. It is believed that he is under house arrest. On the other hand, users said that they started having trouble using Facebook since late Wednesday night. Mobile service provider company ‘Telenor Myanmar’ confirmed in a statement that they had received instructions from the Ministry of Communications to temporarily shut down Facebook.
He said he would abide by it, although he was also concerned about the move being a human rights violation. A Facebook spokesperson said, “Telecom providers in Myanmar have been ordered to hold a temporary ban on Facebook. We urge authorities to resume service so that the people of Myanmar can contact their family and friends and access important information to them. ”
The Norwegian humanitarian group said on Thursday that the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar could lead to a humanitarian disaster and that the 10 million vulnerable population would be affected if international aid was halted further. “The occupation of power by the military on Monday is a big problem because it can affect the access of humanitarian aid to the people,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council chairman Jan Izland, while the Myanmar military says Aung San Suu Kyi One reason for the removal of the elected government was that it failed to properly investigate allegations of alleged widespread electoral irregularities.