How A Totalitarian Government Is Afraid Of Bloggers
As reported by CNN this afternoon, Burma (Myanmar to the thugs who run the country) has cut off all Internet access:
The Internet connection in Myanmar was cut Friday, limiting the free flow of information the nation’s citizens were sharing with the world depicting the violent crackdown on monks and other peaceful demonstrators.
Myanmar-based blogs went dark suddenly. But London-based blogger Ko Htike — who has been one of the most prominent bloggers posting information about the violence — has vowed to keep up the fight, saying where “there is a will, there is a way.”
“I sadly announce that the Burmese military junta has cut off the Internet connection throughout the country,” he said on his blog Friday. “I, therefore, would not be able to feed in pictures of the brutality by the brutal Burmese military junta.”
This development is not surprising, nor unexpected, given that honest free speech always intimidates totalitarian regimes. The local regime may have control of their countrymen and women temporarily, but they cannot keep the rest of the world from learning about the human rights abuse that occurs in their country. Even with the Internet link cut, the people, who the regime continues to motivate with its repressive tactics will still be able to get the story out via other physical means, and it will continue to be plastered across the blogosphere and the entire Internet.
Power to the people!
Update: As reported in USA Today, the regime also cannot hide from satellite images distributed via the Internet.