Fears are rising that Myanmar’s military junta will crack down on a popular resistance movement against the coup, after it sent army troops and vehicles into the streets on Monday and ordered internet providers to shut down services.
The military has warned that anti-coup protesters — who are calling for the release of their elected leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and for the restoration of democracy — face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces. Many banks were closed in the city of Yangon as employees joined a general strike by civil servants and others, despite the increased presence of soldiers.
These developments came 14 days after Min Aung Hlaing, the army’s commander-in-chief, ordered the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and scores of other government officials and seized power.
The internet was shut down after the Myanmar’s military junta floated a punitive cyber security law that would, once implemented, give authorities sweeping powers to censor online activity. In the first week after the coup it also ordered telecoms companies to block temporarily access to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and issued an order banning the use of VPNs.
The junta has escalated night-time arrests of opponents, reviving a tactic from the country’s old military regime that human rights groups said was designed to instil fear following the coup on February 1. Many of those arrested in recent days were lawyers, doctors, civil servants and other professionals who have led protests.
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