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Myanmar Army chief's Twitter account suspended

IANS  |  Naypyitaw 

account of Min Aung Hlaing, accused of masterminding genocide against the Muslim Rohingya population, has been suspended following complaints about him using the platform for hate speech.

Hlaing had his @sgminaunghlaing account taken offline this week. His account was taken off in August 2018 after the UN called for military leaders' prosecution for genocide.

The latest move against the chief, who claims the did not use "excessive force" when about 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in 2017, was hailed by prominent Rohingya activist Tun Kinh as a "massive victory" for members of the ethnic group.

Hlaing had used to refer to as "Bengali", implying they were immigrants rather than Myanmar citizens.

On Facebook, he denied Army atrocities and claimed the military was targeting militants rather than committing genocide.

The suspension came after Tun Khin, of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, met executives in Silicon Valley last week and asked them why Hlaing's account remained live.

His account had not been used in about a year, but the suspension was still hailed as a significant gesture.

Tun Kinh said, "The fact that Twitter has joined in deleting his account, which he used to sow hatred and spew his defensive propaganda, is a massive victory for the "

"Hliang was the mastermind of the Rohingya genocide. It is crucial that Twitter now follows through in deleting other accounts used by the regime for the same purpose," he said.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 18:04 IST