Western diplomats warn Myanmar military that ‘the world is watching’
Internet and mobile services were disrupted from Sunday night to Monday, and surveillance NGO Netblock said network connectivity across the country dropped to only 14% after 1 pm local time. According to residents, mobile services from all carriers were also disrupted.
The US Embassy in Myanmar on Sunday warned of possible troop movements and communications disruptions, advising American citizens to take refuge in the place.
Western ambassadors in Myanmar also issued a joint message saying “the world is watching” and advising the military to avoid violence against protesters.
“We want to avoid violence against protesters and civilians who oppose the overthrow of their legitimate government,” the message published on the official Facebook pages of several embassies, including the US, Canada and the European Union.
The statement condemned the arrest of civilian leaders and activists, and the “military interruption of communications, as well as restrictions on the fundamental rights and basic legal protections of the people of Myanmar”.
Over the weekend, the military suspended three laws intended to prevent security forces from detaining suspects or searching private property without court approval.
A post on Myanmar’s military “to protect the personal freedom and safety of civilians” has been abolished by sections 420, 7 and 8 of Article 420 of the 2008 Constitution, which was published on Tatmadaw’s official Facebook page @ TatmadawInformation / eam Also known as. The statement, signed by military leader General Min Aung Hling, gave no specific time or date for the suspension.
Reuters reported that the law in the three suspended sections is one that repeals a court order to detain any prisoner for more than 24 hours and limits the security forces’ ability to enter or arrest private property .
As Reuters reports, spies on communications are also free.
The report was contributed by CNN contributors to CNN’s Beaux Wright in Hong Kong, Sharif Paget and Philip Wang in Atlanta, Elizabeth Joseph in New York and Myanmar.