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Myanmar suffers blackout amid protests against military coup – Prime Time Zone

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The electricity supplier company denied that the interruption was intentional, but in recent days the army has been cutting off Internet access to try to repress the population

EFE / EPA / KAUNG ZAW HEINProtesters built a barrier in Mandalay to keep out security forces

Several cities in the Myanmar suffered an electrical blackout that lasted about three hours on Friday, 5. The electricity supplier of Yangon, the country’s largest city, denied that the interruption was intentional and blamed a fault on the system. It is noteworthy, however, that the lack of light happened in the midst of yet another day of protests against the military coup. In the past few weeks, the army has been cutting access to the internet as a way of trying to prevent the mobilization of the population. Furthermore, protests have been suppressed with more and more police violence: on Wednesday, 3, at least 38 protesters died. This Friday, the 5th, there is the confirmation of the death of Zaw Myo, 27 years old. The young man was reportedly shot in the neck while waving a flag during an engineering protest in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.

* With information from EFE

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