The Myanmar government is shutting down the internet indefinitely in response to protests


According to a reporting of The Washington Post on Thursday. The move comes two months after a military junta committed a coup d’état to overthrow the country’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The turn off applies to broadband wireless service, while a separate injunction remains in effect prohibiting mobile internet at night, Reuters reportsThe orders were given to the state telecommunications, although no official reason has been given.

NetBlocks, an advocacy group that tracks internet disruptions and shutdowns to quash dissent, has also confirmed the ongoing timeline of Myanmar’s shutdown.

Myanmar is currently embroiled in protests against the military government, which has responded with increasing totalitarian surveillance and censorship measures, in addition to violence that has killed more than 500 and arrested thousands of people since February. The Washington Post reports

The internet outage has now reached a new level of severity, with multiple telecom companies ordering to shut down various internet services such as mobile data, roaming and public Wi-Fi for different time periods. The efforts appear to disrupt the organization of protesters and prevent Myanmar citizens, journalists and human rights defenders from broadcasting more easily what is happening on the ground to the rest of the world.

In addition to the blackout of communication and physical violence, The New York Times reports Myanmar’s military is using surveillance drones, phone hacking devices (including European-made iPhone hacking tools) and personal computer security cracking software as part of a widespread digital offensive against the opposition.