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  • Myanmar's military has cut the country off from Facebook just days after seizing control.

  • It comes after people flocked to the social media platform to voice opposition to the coup, which ousted elected leader Aung Sang Suu Ky on Monday.

  • Among those opposing the power grab our medical staff who say that they refused to work for the military government.

  • The push has also sparked international condemnation, including from the United Nations.

  • This'll video of anti coup protesters in Mandalay on Thursday was shared on social media.

  • It could be one of the last.

  • For a while, resistance to the coup had been surging on Facebook with calls for civil disobedience.

  • The platform was also often used by the now ousted government to make announcements.

  • But the new military governments moved to block Facebook owned APS, including Instagram and WhatsApp has left many in the dark way have no access to any news, No news about Mother and Sans Souci.

  • I feel so sad.

  • It gives me a pain in my chest.

  • Blocking Facebook means that the freedom of young people is restricted.

  • This military coup has started costing us our jobs and our education is now in trouble.

  • Good with armed soldiers back on the streets of major cities.

  • Most of the protests have been under the cover of darkness.

  • Residents in Yangon banged pots overnight and honked car horns among those who have openly shown opposition.

  • A medical personnel who have declared they won't work for the military government things government was not elected and voted for by us.

  • We don't accept them or work under their command.

  • So we have stopped providing services at government hospitals.

  • Instead, we will consider providing free medical services through external doctors and in other ways.

  • Uh it comes after the detainment of an Sans Souci and other civilian leaders on Monday, plunging the Southeast Asian nation under military rule.

  • Suki, who has not been seen in public since she was detained, is being charged for illegally importing walkie talkies.

  • The military has justified its coup by alleging widespread voter fraud during November's election, which saw Suki win by a landslide and we're joined now by Dave Greenebaum.

  • He is a journalist who has been covering Myanmar for many years.

  • He joins us now from Kuala Lumpur.

  • Dave, um, we understand that the junta has now blocked Facebook, where many people were expressing opposition to the coup organizing civil disobedience.

  • Therefore, what impact is this likely tohave on efforts to resist.

  • It's certainly a blow because Facebook is king of social media in Myanmar.

  • Ah, lot of people is the only thing they know when it comes to social media.

  • The only thing they know when it comes to the Web.

  • In fact, just last year during the campaign season, a lot of political campaigning because of Kobe, 19 happened on Facebook.

  • Now a lot of people would say, Well, you know, you could get virtual private networks VPNs to try to get around this block, but a quality VPN the cost of that is beyond the means of a lot of people in Myanmar.

  • Okay, so so then what happens next?

  • I mean, are there other steps that the country is also taking That the security forces excuse me, are taking, uh, to counter opposition?

  • Yeah, Well, first of obviously people will find other means and my world could slow things down.

  • But look, Just 10 years ago, most of the people in this country didn't even have a phone.

  • And of course, we know in the past that there were massive demonstrations, the security systems of the security forces.

  • They have an extensive network of informants or some people would call rats.

  • There are neighborhoods across the cities there are in the villages across the country, and they lean on these informants to provide information on what people are planning, what people are saying, what they plan to do and when they plan to do it.

  • So it becomes extremely important for the people in Myanmar to think really hard about who do they know, how well do they know them and who can they really trust?

  • Wow, those air, really a lot of factors to consider, but but we know that some people are deciding to speak out to step out.

  • For example, today, on the streets of Mandalay Wi, the country's second biggest city, at least three people were arrested for taking part in anti coup demonstrations.

  • Are further demonstrations expected?

  • Well, you'll certainly continue to see the pots and pans banging at night.

  • The hunting of the car horns, the ribbon wearing campaigns.

  • But are we going to see a riel organized mass mobilization, massive numbers, Thousands of people marching on the streets of Yangon or Mandalay or other cities in the country.

  • That would be a huge risk for these people to take.

  • It would send a powerful message around the world a message that the coup the coup leaders the military leaders would not want to see out there.

  • The resto is that they might respond violently.

  • The military might respond with deadly force, as has happened in years past.

  • Dave Greenebaum from Kuala Lumpur Thank you so much should think.

Myanmar's military has cut the country off from Facebook just days after seizing control.

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