Internet restored in Myanmar as coup protests grow

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Spirit of the thousands of protesters who are marching through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city saw an uptick on Sunday with the return of internet services that had been blocked each day earlier.

Norwegian telecoms provider Telenor has restored its data network in Myanmar, the corporate said.

“Telenor Myanmar has restored the info network nationwide, following instruction from the MoTC [Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications],” the firm said during a statement.

Authorities had cut access to the web because the protests grew Saturday, fanning fears of an entire information blackout. On Sunday afternoon, however, internet users in Yangon reported that data access on their mobile phones had suddenly been restored.

Sunday saw people rallying across Myanmar to denounce last week’s coup and demand the discharge of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, within the biggest protests since the 2007 Saffron Revolution that helped cause democratic reforms.

Crowds within the biggest city, Yangon, sported red shirts, red flags and red balloons, the color of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party (NLD).

“We don’t want military dictatorship! we would like democracy!” they chanted.
In one among the gatherings, a minimum of 2,000 labour union and student activists and members of the general public gathered at a serious intersection near Yangon University.

Massive crowds from all corners of Yangon gathered in townships, filling streets as they headed towards the Sule Pagoda at the guts of the town , also a point during the Buddhist monk-led 2007 protests et al. in 1988.