JURIST EXCLUSIVE – The Myanmar military government blacked out the country’s internet again Thursday morning for eight hours from 1 AM Myanmar time for the fourth night in a row. Connections were restored just after 9 AM. One of our law student correspondents in Myanmar says that according to local news reports, these forced blackouts could go on until February 28. She continues:
This is the most prominent reason why we must fight for democracy. They [the military] are violating our rights without any reasons. We totally won’t accept it.
When we were young [before the transition to civilian rule in Myanmar in 2011], we got electricity from time to time; when the electricity went on, people shout loud happily “yay!”. And then when the electricity went off, all the people sigh. I thought that was normal when I was a child. We didn’t realize that we had been brainwashed. We will never go back to that time. How can we trust them? They just say that [cutoffs will continue] till February 28. But if we do do not fight against the military junta this time, it can also be forever.