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Facebook blocks news page of military junta in




Water cannons, batons and projectiles: Police officers in Myanmar violently attack protesters Source: AP


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Water cannons, batons and projectiles: Police officers in Myanmar violently attack protesters Source: AP


Facebook has blocked a news site operated by the Myanmar military leadership. The “True News” page of the army was blocked for repeated incitement to violence, Facebook announced on Sunday.

The US online network had already blocked hundreds of sites with links to the army in recent years. In 2018, Facebook blocked the accounts of military chief Min Aung Hlaing and other generals.

There has been an uproar in the Southeast Asian country since the previous de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted in a military coup on February 1. Hundreds of thousands of people have since participated in street protests against the junta, and several hundred people have been arrested.

Possible sanctions against Myanmar

The security forces used massive violence against the demonstrators on Saturday. At least two people were shot dead in the second largest city, Mandalay. About 30 other demonstrators were injured.

In Myanmar (formerly: Burma) the protests have been going on for almost three weeks. The military had toppled the elected head of government, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in early February. The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had condemned the actions of the military and the security forces and called on them to immediately stop violence against civilians.

According to the Spaniard, the Council of EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the latest developments in Myanmar on Monday in order to then be able to make “appropriate decisions”. According to diplomats, they could for example include new EU sanctions against the military in the country.

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