Tue 09 Feb 2010, IMNA
Web users have abandoned Internet shops in Thanphyuzayart, after increased security crackdowns have heightened patrons’ fears of being affiliated with suspected political dissidence.
Two internet shops in Thanphyuzayart town, in Thanphyuzayart Township, Mon State, have both noticed deceased sales of internet use beginning in January, as Burmese military government forces began arresting community member suspected of political dissidence. Both shops are relatively new, having opened in 2009.
“Now at internet [shops] in Thanphyuzayart, people no longer come to use it,” commented a student who used the Internet shops regularly in Thanphyuzayart. “Before the authority came to arrest the monk, [people] had to wait to use the computer, [now] people coming to use it have really decreased.”
On January 7th, a monk, Ashin Uk Kong Sah, was arrested by police in Kjan Khaing Ye quarter, Thanphyuzayart Town, and was reported to have been carrying a laptop computer, a video camera, and 4 leaflets against the upcoming 2010 election.
Ashin Uk Kong Sah is reported to have been a frequent patron, according to a student who also often used the internet at either of the Thanphyuzayart internet shops. Continue reading “Security crackdown on Internet shops drives away customers”