How are protesters supposed to organize the destruction of their country now?
Myanmar suspended use of social media briefly at the beginning of the riots. Then, for some reason, they turned it back on.
Now, they’re turning off all internet.
Myanmar’s wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, local providers said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta’s takeover.
A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that “all wireless broadband data services be temporarily suspended until further notice,” according to a statement posted online by local provider Ooredoo.
After weeks of overnight cutoffs of internet access, the military on Friday shut all links apart from those using fiber optic cable, whose speeds are drastically slower. Access to mobile networks and all wireless — the less costly options used by most people in the developing country — was blocked.
The Norwegian telecoms company Telenor, one of the biggest carriers in Myanmar, confirmed it could no longer offer wireless services. It was offering fiber optic service of up to 40 megabytes per second in its packages as of Friday, well below high-speed access that’s at a minimum 100 Mbps.
The government has shut down all but a handful of fully military-controlled media outlets. Some of those banned or whose operations have been suspended have continued to publish via social media or whatever methods they can find.
Facebook announced it was providing a safety feature to enable users in Myanmar to beef up security settings locking their profiles to prevent access by non-friends. That includes preventing non-friends from enlarging, sharing or downloading full-size profile and cover photos and seeing any posts on a person’s timeline.
Facebook and other major social media platforms have banned members of the Myanmar military, also known as the Tatmadaw, and are blocking ads from most military-linked commercial entities.
The rioters are now burning the Constitution, which they had previously said they were supporting.
Despite deadly crackdowns on anti-coup rallies nationwide, Mandalay residents again took to the streets on Thursday in protest of the military regime. They burned copies of the military-drafted 2008 Constitution after the CRPH announced the abolition of the charter. pic.twitter.com/lNaYuWGTP5
— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) April 1, 2021
So now what are they supporting?
No one knows.
This is the same movement as was in Hong Kong. The media in the West was framing it as “pro-democracy protests,” but they were Antifa communists of some kind, claiming that they were against Beijing because it was “capitalist.”
This is the same as the movement in Thailand. They are attacking the Monarchy, despite the fact that the Monarchy is mostly just symbolic politically, and is much more of a social and cultural institution associated with Thai Buddhism.
There have been like 7 different Thai governments under the monarch. Just to really put a fine point on that knife: in neighboring Cambodia, which has a culture very similar to Thailand, both the French colonial government AND communism maintained the monarchy. So an attack on the Monarchy is a direct attack on the basic culture, not anything to do with the government or democracy or whatever the heck.
To be clear: the Hong Kong, Thai and Myanmar revolutions are all part of an umbrella movement, that is literally called the “Umbrella Movement.”
It’s the Asian version of the Arab Spring – or that is the CIA plan. They are using some kind of anarcho-communist doctrine in Asia like they used Islamic terrorism and the Moslem Brotherhood in the Arab Spring.
It all comes from social media. The CIA is able to organize these movements using Twitter and Facebook. They did it in the Moslem world, and now they are repeating it in Asia.
You don’t have to shut down the entire internet. It is all based around Facebook and Twitter.
Someone recently wrote to Andrew Anglin that North Korea had done a good job keeping Western influence out of the country, and Anglin replied:
Unlike North Korea, China is able to be completely open to Westerners, and even give people access to most of the Western entertainment media (pretty much anything that isn’t openly anti-China or obscene), while also preventing the population from getting sucked up in Western culture.
It’s quite the balancing act they’ve performed, and they’ve done it very well. I remember in the 00s talking to edgy young people in Shanghai and Beijing who would say “oh, the government doesn’t let us talk” and I’d say “you’re talking now – I could be a spy, your phone could be listening, your building could be tapped, but here you are talking.”
This was sometimes at explicitly “edgy” Western style bars and cafes. The police wouldn’t raid these places, and there was no real evidence they were being spied on. Probably, the government would occasionally send someone in to just monitor local chatter, and it could be that some of the regulars were snitches, but you never heard about anything like that.
This is to say: they never went too hard. They had rules, but they never created a situation where people were actually feeling oppressed. I doubt that can actually be said about North Korea. Sure, when you have a totally closed society like North Korea, you effectively have people in a sensory deprivation chamber, so you can print total nonsense in the media, and have 99.999% of people worshiping the leader as a god incarnate, but you also can’t ever hope to achieve anything.
China was able to hit the perfect balance of social freedom and cultural protection, which made people not really feel oppressed, because they weren’t really being oppressed, while also keeping the CIA from overthrowing the government.
I had a neighbor (white guy) who was a coomer, but also not savvy enough to use a VPN, and he would tell me that it was actually not hard to find pornography on the internet in China, and had found that they only really censored big sites. I have never tried to use the internet in China without a VPN, so I don’t really know what it’s like, but in general, it seems that they only block stuff in the Chinese language, and don’t really care about anything else. This means that anyone who learns English (or for that matter knows enough to buy a VPN) has access to all kinds of anti-Chinese propaganda, but they know that 99% of the people who learn English are also well-off and therefore invested in the Chinese system.
Some things that the Chinese do really are almost poetic in their perfection, but other things are just so dumb it’s confusing.
I always note how popular the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was in the West, and note that the Chinese never tried to turn exportable films into an industry, despite the fact that this would so obviously cause significantly fewer people on earth to hate them. The same confusing ineptitude is seen in the way they deal with their client states. I get that they just don’t want to be involved with foreign politics at all, they just want to build roads and skyscrapers and sell products, but it would be so easy to bring this CIA social media stuff up at a meeting and say “we’ve got an alternative, we can localize it for you, and it will protect your government from a revolution – so let us know if you want to work on that. We’ll throw it in for free with the trade deal.” Most or all of these governments would say “ah, hah-ah, yes, yes – I understand.”
This should have been considered earlier.
They didn’t need to put themselves in this situation.
In Burma, if the military had taken over and there was no social media, no one would have thought anything about it, as long as the military didn’t start messing with their lives.
Most people care about freedom, and they want the freedom to do the things they want to do.
Obviously, if a government starts impinging on those freedoms, in the way for example the US government has with all of its crazy and oppressive laws, and now the totally insane lockdown regime, people will get mad. But if a government doesn’t bother people’s lives, most people will not think very much about the government.
The Myanmar military government is not messing with people. They’re not getting involved in their business, like Western governments do.
They’re not doing this:
The only reason these people are freaking out is because they’re being agitated by CIA materials on social media. You notice: it’s almost all women, as always.
It is very easy to get women all hyped up and going nuts by using the internet.
Men will then follow the women.
That is literally the oldest story in history.
At this point, Myanmar has let this get out of control, and they do need to just totally shut the internet off. They also need to make a gesture of good faith to the people, and calm them down.
In the future: all the Asian countries, all the CIS countries, and for that matter any other country that doesn’t want the CIA having a revolution in their country need to shut down Twitter and Facebook, and offer people an alternative.
There are plenty of alternatives.
They just get some local celebrities involved, put up some ads, and boom – there it is. Problem solved.