Facebook Says Services Restricted in Bangladesh Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit

Social community Fb and its messaging app have been down in Bangladesh since Friday, the US tech big mentioned on Saturday, as protesters oppose Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day go to to the nation.

4 individuals have been killed on Friday after police opened hearth after protesters allegedly attacked a police station within the Bangladeshi metropolis of Chittagong throughout an indication in opposition to Modi’s go to.

“We’re conscious that our companies have been restricted in Bangladesh,” Fb mentioned in an announcement. “We’re working to grasp extra and hope to have full entry restored as quickly as potential.”

The federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t remark if it had blocked Fb and its messenger, nevertheless it has beforehand used web shutdowns as a instrument to curb the unfold of protests.

Fb additionally mentioned it had severe considerations in regards to the method through which it was being restricted in Bangladesh at a time when efficient communication was essential to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Native hardline group Hefazat-e-Islam, which means safety of Islam, has referred to as for a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the Chittagong killings. Hefazat and its supporters accuse Modi of alienating minority Muslims in India.

Modi landed in Dhaka on Friday for a two-day go to, his first worldwide journey for the reason that outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic final yr, to have fun the fiftieth anniversary of the nation’s independence.

He is because of maintain formal talks with Hasina on Saturday.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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