Myanmar cuts wi-fi Web service

Yangon, April 2

Myanmar’s wireless broadband Internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, a local provider said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta rule.

A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that “all wireless broadband data services be temporarily suspended until further notice”, according to a statement posted online by a local provider. Fibre-based landline Internet connections were still working, albeit at drastically reduced speeds.

Also on Friday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report saying Myanmar’s military has forcibly disappeared hundreds of people, including politicians, election officials, journalists, activists, and refused to confirm their location or allow access to lawyers in violation of international law. — AP

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