|Woman activists in Yangon conducted an online photos op protest to reopen internet services in Rakhine Chin State on June 21, 2020.|
Arakan Army Spokesperson Khine Thu Kha said, “The extension of internet shutdown is to cover up Myanmar government’s military committing daily-deadly war crimes against Rakhine people and attempts to deter timely report of the continuance the rights violation from the ground. This shutdown proves that they will escalate more abuses and war crimes.”
“It is ridiculous the government forces the mobile operators to shut down the Internet services again in 8 townships in Rakhine and Chin States. It shows the leadership is out of compassion and irrational. It is a high threat of Covid-19 infection; election is coming in; over 200,000 IDPS are facing lack of appropriate and dignified shelters and privacy; lack of adequate foods and health care services; people are dying every day by landmines and shells and bullets set and fired by the government soldiers. Rakhine and Chin people are humans too. Their lives matter,” said a local activist, who does not want to publish his name for personal security.