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Jan 02 2018 03:03:15
Title: Congo Shuts Down Internet Services 'Indefinitely'
Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:34:00 -0500
On Saturday Engadget wrote: Authoritarian leaders are fond of severing
communications in a bid to hold on to power, and that tradition sadly isn't
going away. The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has ordered telecoms
to cut internet and SMS access ahead of planned mass protests against President
Joseph Kabila, whose administration has continuously delayed elections to
replace him. Telecom minister Emery Okundji told Reuters that it was a response
to "violence that is being prepared," but people aren't buying that argument.
Officials had already banned demonstrations, and the country has history of
cutting communications and blocking social network access in a bid to quash
dissent. And today in the wake of deadly protests, Congo announced that the
internet shutdown will continue "indefinitely." The New York Times reports: At
least eight people were killed and a dozen altar boys arrested in the
Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday after security forces cracked down on
planned church protests against President Joseph Kabila's refusal to leave
office before coming elections... Congolese security forces set up checkpoints
across Kinshasa, and the government issued an order to shut down text messaging
and internet services indefinitely across the country for what it called
"reasons of state security."
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