Myanmar appears to cut public Internet access

Myanmar’s generals appeared to have cut public Internet access on Friday to prevent more videos, photographs and information getting out about their crackdown on the biggest protests against military rule in nearly 20 years.Internet cafes were closed and the help desk at the main Internet service provider did not answer its telephones to explain why there was no access. see:

Myanmar’s main Internet link not working: official [AFP]

After two days of unrest in Yangon’s streets, Myanmar’s main link to the Internet has stopped working, according to a telecom official who blamed the problem on a damaged cable

Internet access ‘cut off’ in attempt to silence Burma

Security forces armed with automatic weapons on the streets of Rangoon
Burma’s military regime is suspected of cutting public internet access today to prevent news and images of its violent repression of pro-democracy protests leaking out.Internet cafes were closed and an official at Burma’s main internet service provider said that the connection was not working because of a damaged cable, the Reuters news agency reported.As the brutal suppression of the protests continued, soldiers and police were reported to be using wooden and barbed wire barriers to seal off the centre of Rangoon, where tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating. The blocked-off area around the city’s main Buddhist shrines was expanding as the troops gradually moved the barriers outwards, street by street.The AFP news agency reported that as many as 10,000 protesters had managed to assemble nonetheless, although the number could not be confirmed.

‘Internet cut’ as Burma troops move into monasteries [AP]

Burmese troops occupied key Buddhist monasteries today to confine monks who have spearheaded anti-government protests.Concerns were raised they may be preparing to intensify a deadly crackdown on civilians. The moves came as residents said the government appeared to have cut access to the internet, which has played a crucial role in telling the world about the pro-democracy protests.

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