The social network Facebook and its messaging app have been down in Bangladesh since Friday, the US technology giant said on Saturday as protesters opposed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the country.
Four people were killed Friday after police opened fire after protesters allegedly attacked a police station in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong during a demonstration against Fashion visit.
“We are aware that our services are limited in Bangladesh,” Facebook said in a statement. “We are working to find out more and hope to restore full access as soon as possible.”
The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has not commented on whether it has blocked Facebook and his messengerbut has previously used the internet shutdown as a tool to limit the spread of protests.
Facebook also said it had serious concerns about the way it was restricted in Bangladesh at a time when effective communication was needed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The local hardliner Hefazat-e-Islam, which means defending Islam, called for a national strike on Sunday to protest the killings in Chittagong. Hephazat and his supporters accuse Modi of alienating Muslim minorities in India.
Modi landed in Dhaka on Friday for a two-day visit, his first international trip since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence.
He is scheduled to hold formal talks with Hasina on Saturday.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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