Myanmar’s Military Temporarily Blocks Social Networks as Aung San Suu Kyi Faces Import Law Charges

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On Wednesday, Myanmar’s military announced the formation of the State Administration Council headed by senior general Min Aung Hlaing. This came a few days after the military detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint in a coup that followed weeks of tensions over alleged vote-rigging.

Myanmar’s military, also known the Tatmadaw, has ordered local telecom firms to block Facebook as well as Instagram and WhatsApp citing security concerns amid the current state of emergency in the southeast Asian nation.

The Tatmadaw declared a one-year state of emergency after detaining State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint as well as other prominent politicians during a series of raids earlier this week. This followed weeks of escalating tensions over allegations of voter fraud in the November 2020 elections, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy emerged victorious in the vote.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that access to the social network is “currently disrupted for some people”.

“We urge authorities to restore connectivity so that people in Myanmar can communicate with their families and friends and access important information”, the spokesperson pointed out.

The block comes after Myanmar police filed charges against Suu Kyi for illegally importing communications equipment, while her party’s spokesman Kyi Toe earlier wrote on his Facebook page that several…

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