Feb 6, 2021

Myanmar coup: Military leaders block Twitter and Instagram

"We will not let our generation suffer under this kind of military dictatorship," student Min Sithu told AFP. The BBC's Nyein Chan in Yangon says the Burmese know very well the violent crackdowns the military is capable of, so for now there are no widespread street protests. AFP. The military has declared a year-long state of emergency and power has been handed over to Commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. On Thursday, US President Joe Biden called on the military to "Relinquish power" and release detained officials and activists. The military is seemingly undeterred, continuing down its path of consolidating power and appointing new ministers, says the BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head. The UN Security Council also called on the military authorities in Myanmar to release Ms Suu Kyi and other detained leaders - but stopped short of condemning the coup. A deadly military crackdown two years later on Rohingya Muslims sent hundreds of thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.

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