Despite Facebook blocked in Myanmar, resistance against coup grows
After the removal of the elected government and its leader Aung San Suu Kvi, calls for civil disobedience for the protests were going on. To stop the coup that happened on Monday, Myanmar’s new military government blocked access to Facebook.
People in Myanmar use the internet through Facebook.
Before a new session of the Parliament that was to be held on Monday to detain Suu Kyi and other politicians, the military seized power. President Joe Biden and others who want the elected government to be restored criticized the takeover.
“The Burmese military should relinquish power they have seized, release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained, lift the restrictions on telecommunications, and refrain from violence,” Biden said at the US State Department in Washington.
The UN Security Council, in its first statement on the matter, “stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.”
The US and others described the takeover as a coup but the Security Council`s statement did not.
The military said that it acted lawfully and constitutionally as the government did not pay attention to the complaints regarding the general election in which Suu Kyi won.
On Thursday, a meeting was held in the Parliament where 70 lawmakers defined the new military. They signed their oaths of office at a government guesthouse in the capital, Naypyitaw. 400 of them were detained after the aftermath of the takeover.
Some expressed their anger and their determination to resist the coup as they left the guesthouse.
“This violates the human rights of the whole citizenry. This is not a coup. This is a treason against the government. I will have to say that this is state treason,” said Khin Soe Soe Kyi, a member of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.
The military plans to elect a new election commission to investigate the allegations. Protests against the coup are being held at many cities. Yangon residents banged pots and pans and honked car horns in a noise protest for a third night.
Protest by about 20 people in front of the University of Medicine broke out. Videos posted on social media showed medical personnel and others singing “Kabar Makyay Bu” — or “We Won’t Be Satisfied Until the End of the World” — sung to the tune of “Dust in the Wind,” a 1977 song by the US rock group Kansas.
Facebook users said service disruptions began late Wednesday night. “Telecom providers in Myanmar have been ordered to temporarily block Facebook. We urge authorities to restore connectivity so that people in Myanmar can communicate with family and friends and access important information,” Facebook said in a statement.