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Facebook bans accounts linked to Myanmar’s military in wake of coup

Yangon, Myanmar — Social media big Fb introduced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s navy in addition to advertisements from military-controlled corporations, within the wake of the military’s seizure of energy on February 1.

It mentioned in a press release that it was treating the post-coup scenario in Myanmar as an “emergency,” explaining that the ban was precipitated by occasions because the coup, together with “lethal violence.”

Fb’s motion comes as diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar’s political disaster have intensified and protests continued in Yangon and different cities calling for the nation’s coup makers to step down and return Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected authorities to energy.

Fb already has banned a number of military-linked accounts because the coup, together with army-controlled Myawaddy TV and state tv broadcaster MRTV.

The bans are additionally being utilized on Instagram, which is owned by Fb.

The junta has tried to dam Fb and different social media platforms, however its efforts have confirmed ineffective. For greater than every week, it has additionally turned off entry to the web nightly from 1 a.m.

Opposition to the coup continues inside Myanmar, with massive demonstrations in lots of cities and cities.

There was a brand new look to anti-coup demonstrations Thursday, with protesters smearing a standard yellow paste on their faces, as a proclamation of their nationwide id.

Exterior the Hledan Centre in Yangon, the place round 1,000 folks gathered to maintain up stress on the brand new navy regime, protestors wore the combination, known as thanaka, in broad swathes on their foreheads, cheeks and down their noses. Some had slogans written into the designs.

The Reuters information service reviews that clashes broke out within the capital Thursday between backers and opponents of the navy. And it might have been worse – as roughly 1,000 navy supporters held a rally, police blocked the gates of the capital’s primary college campus, maintaining a whole lot of scholars from becoming a member of the protest in opposition to navy rule.

There was a tense standoff on Wednesday within the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, Mandalay, the place police holding riot shields and cradling rifles blocked the trail of about 3,000 academics and college students. After about two hours, throughout which demonstrators performed protest songs and listened to speeches condemning the coup, the gang moved away.

On Saturday, police and troopers fatally shot two folks in Mandalay whereas breaking apart a strike by dock employees.

Fb and different social media platforms got here beneath huge criticism in 2017 when rights teams mentioned they did not take sufficient motion to cease hate speech in opposition to Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority.

The military launched a brutal counterinsurgency operation that 12 months that drove greater than 700,000 Rohingya to hunt security in neighboring Bangladesh, the place they continue to be in refugee camps. Myanmar safety forces burned down villages, killed civilians and engaged in mass rape of their marketing campaign, which the World Court docket is investigating as a criminal offense of genocide.

Fb in 2018 banned the accounts of a number of prime Myanmar navy leaders, together with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who led this month’s coup that ousted the elected authorities of Suu Kyi and her Nationwide League for Democracy celebration. The overall heads the junta that now acts as the federal government.

Indonesian Overseas Minister Retno Marsudi on Wednesday visited the Thai capital, Bangkok, and held three-way talks together with her Thai counterpart and Myanmar’s new overseas minister. The assembly was a part of Marsudi’s efforts to coordinate a regional response to the disaster triggered by the navy takeover in Myanmar.

Indonesia and fellow members of the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations are in search of to advertise some concessions by Myanmar’s navy that would ease tensions to forestall extra violence. The regional group, to which Thailand and Myanmar additionally belong, believes dialogue with the generals is a more practical methodology of attaining concessions than extra confrontational strategies such because the sanctions typically advocated by Western nations.

The navy says it took energy as a result of final November’s election was marked by widespread voting irregularities, an assertion that was refuted by the state election fee, whose members have since been changed by the ruling junta.

Regardless of the landslide victory by Suu Kyi’s celebration on the polls, the military blocked Parliament from convening and detained her and President Win Myint and different prime members of her authorities.

The junta has mentioned it’ll rule for a 12 months beneath a state of emergency after which maintain recent elections.

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