Clashes in Yangon as Facebook bans all Myanmar military accounts

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Published on February 25, 2021 by

Scuffles broke out between opponents and supporters of Myanmar’s coup on Thursday, as Facebook took down all accounts linked to the country’s military and banned advertisements from military-controlled companies on its platforms.

Pro-military demonstrators marching in downtown Yangon, the country’s biggest city, stabbed one man and punched and threw rocks at others, according to local media, after anti-coup demonstrators and residents of the area banged pots and pans to express their disapproval of the rally.

Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, seized power on February 1 alleging fraud in an election last November that returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) to power for a second term. The coup has prompted daily protests across the country, with tens of thousands taking to the streets to demand an end to military rule as well as the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained leaders.

Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports.

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