Social media in Myanmar on black during protests

Military rulers in Myanmar have ordered providers to block Twitter and Instagram a few days after Facebook was turned off. Everything points to a national internet blackout according to observers from Telenor Myanmar, one of the two foreign owned mobile phone companies in the country.

The closure of the Internet comes after numerous images of street protests against the coup have been distributed online. The ex-government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, deposed and under house arrest, has previously called for opposition to the generals.

The coup follows a striking election victory of the National League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi in November. The ballot turned out to be a downturn for the party on which the military had counted. They are now claiming electoral fraud and have drawn power back to them.

In Myanmar, which was at the time called Burma, a military coup was committed in 1962 by which officers established a communist totalitarian state, which has only slowly become freer since the end of the last century. The โ€œstate councilโ€ with which the military ruled was dissolved only in 2011.