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US News Burma: hackers block government sites, Internet cut again

13:30  18 february  2021
13:30  18 february  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The fight between demonstrators and the military junta seems to be moving on a new front: the Web. On Thursday, hackers attacked government websites run by the junta in Burma. The military shut down internet access for on the fourth consecutive night .

A group which calls itself "The Hackers of Burma" has successfully disrupted several sites, including the Central Bank, the Burmese Army propaganda page, the state television channel MRTV, the port authority and the agency of food products and drugs.

This action comes the day after a massive demonstration in which tens of thousands of people took part across the country, in opposition to the military coup that overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in Beginning of the month. "We are fighting for justice in Burma," the hacker group said on its Facebook page. It’s like a mass protest outside government websites. "

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Still gatherings all over the country

The country was thus placed Wednesday evening under a sort of curfew on the Internet for the fourth consecutive night, with a traffic capacity reduced to 21% of the usual level, according to NetBlocks, a UK-based group that monitors internet outages around the world.

The military has continued to toughen its tone since their February 1 coup, which ended a fragile 10-year democratic transition. In addition to digital, the opposition of thousands of Burmese continued to be reflected in the streets.

In Yangon, protesters gathered in the center of the economic capital, blocking traffic routes with cars and heavy goods vehicles in an attempt to prevent the security forces from deploying, while others marched waving signs: "Fight for democracy!" Reject the coup! The police and army, stationed nearby, appeared to be standing back.

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In the second Burmese city, Mandalay, the police have dispersed demonstrators who had blocked rail traffic, witnesses said. According to a member of the rescue service, security forces opened fire, but he could not say whether it was rubber bullets or live ammunition.

In Naypyidaw, the administrative capital where former head of civilian government Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, civil servants, engineers and students marched in large numbers. Calls for civil disobedience continue with striking doctors, teachers, air traffic controllers and railway workers, particularly targeted during arrests.

Deaths, mass arrests and fear of reprisals

For several days, the demonstrations have been violent. A 20-year-old woman who was shot in the head by in the head last week, possibly live ammunition, is brain dead. A policeman died on Tuesday from injuries sustained during a rally in Mandalay, the junta has claimed, which repeatedly wields the threat of "sanctions."

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The security forces repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets or slingshots, injuring several people. More than 450 people have been arrested since February 1, according to an NGO supporting political prisoners. 417 are still in detention.

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