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  • Myanmar's military junta has cut off Internet access across the country amid growing protests against this week's coup.

  • Crowds of people took to the streets of the largest city Yangon on Saturday to denounce the military takeover.

  • Riot police blocked the streets using barricades and water cannon.

  • Any of the protesters wore red in support of arrested leader Aung Sang Suu Ki Yeah yes resistance appears to be growing.

  • This demonstration in Yangon is the first such mass public protests since the military took over the country on Monday.

  • Among the chance.

  • Military, dictator fail, fail democracy win and demands for the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Ki Authorities were not far away.

  • Army chief Min on lying seized power on Monday, alleging fraud in a November 8th election won by Aung San Suu Cheese NLD party.

  • The electoral commission dismissed the army's accusations.

  • I think now the country's Internet access has been severely reduced, Independent monitor net blocks says Myanmar is in the midst of a second nation scale Internet blackout with connectivity at almost half of ordinary levels.

  • Other reports say The military government ordered the shutdown of Facebook and Twitter, claiming the spread of fake news.

  • Protests against the military coup have also spread to other countries.

  • In Melbourne, Australia, hundreds of demonstrators expressed their concern.

  • Right where showing our voices to let the military knows that we're not going to stand back and let them do whatever they want.

  • Yeah, and in Taiwan, hundreds of members of the Myanmar community there also came out in force way.

  • We've had more than 30 years of repression from the military government way don't want to go back to that way.

  • Hope our next generation could live in a country like Taiwan where everyone enjoys civil rights.

  • That's why we're here Today.

  • Despite efforts to silence protesters in Myanmar, calls for an end to the coup are still loud and clear in the country.

  • Dave Brown Obama's a journalist who's been covering Myanmar for many years.

  • He joins us now from Kuala Lumpur.

  • David widespread cuts to the Internet access.

  • Some are calling it a nationwide blackout.

  • What's behind this crackdown?

  • Yeah, well, it makes it tougher for the organizer's of these demonstrations to communicate with one another and strategize with one another.

  • It also makes it tougher for them to get their messages and powerful visuals out to the outside world for us to see.

  • Certainly military, like the clamp down on that.

  • You know, the military, they've got a playbook that they worked out before they went forward with the coup on Monday.

  • What they're doing is seeing what the public does.

  • They reach into the playbook, grab the play they needed that particular time or what they think they need now.

  • In Australian adviser to elected leader on sun suit she has been detained as she has also Bean.

  • Why are authorities target targeting her inner circle?

  • So it's really not clear this time why they're detaining Sean Turnell, that Australian economic adviser that you're talking about, particularly since he's not really known by most of the people in Myanmar.

  • But her other advisers, many of whom are well known the military does not want anyone influential out there encouraging the masses to continue resisting.

  • What kind of response can we expect from the military leaders to these public protests?

  • Well, it really depends on how big these protests get there picking up steam.

  • Do they really become something massive on also these work stoppages that air going on across the country?

  • Do those continue to grow on def.

  • The generals find that they're This economy is just really sliding down.

  • And it's an economy that's already been battered by Kobe, 19.

  • But if they lose the ability to keep the economy running at all, well, then they may find themselves back into a corner.

  • Senior general Men on Long The commander in chief, he has put his chips on this risky gamble for total power.

  • For him, there's no turning back, even if it means that he has to use deadly force.

  • But keep this in mind.

  • This is something we do not know because he truly command the loyalty of all the battalions and units across the army.

  • Does he really have the loyalty off police officers across the country?

  • We do not know.

  • There is a chance.

  • At some point, there could be some division in the ranks.

  • That's something we need to keep an eye out for Now.

  • What about Hong Sang Soo Chee, who has been detained for several days now?

  • Any update on her whereabouts?

  • Yeah, Her lawyer says that she is at her home in Naypyidaw.

  • He's not been able to talk to her, but all we know is that she is basically under house arrest.

  • We have not heard from her really since Monday and what came out on Monday was a statement that had been prepared in advance of the coup as they were anticipating that it might happen.

  • Alright, journalists Dave Greenebaum in Kuala Lumpur Thanks very much for the update, it's sure thing.

Myanmar's military junta has cut off Internet access across the country amid growing protests against this week's coup.

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