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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar shuts down internet and data communications

Observers say blockage might herald crackdown on freedom as popular anger rises

Protesters flashing three-fingered salutes attend a demonstration against the military coup on Feb. 6 in Yangon.

BANGKOK -- Myanmar authorities on Saturday ordered local telecom operators to stop providing mobile and fixed line data services as flash mob protests organized on the internet occurred sporadically in Yangon and around the country.

The Japanese Embassy notified nationals residing in Myanmar that the new blockages would begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6.

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