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With much dissatisfaction on the lack of political reform in Eritrea, the government of President Isaias Afwerki is taking steps to prevent people from using social media to organize protests that could cause confusion in the country’s 26th independence day celebration coming up on the 24th of this month. In a bid to avert the intended protest, the government has blocked access to social media in the East African Country.

The people of Eritrea have been forced to turn to Virtual Private Networks, VPN, to exchange messages. In Eritrea, the internet cannot be accessed via mobile phones, and Asmara is yet to officially respond to the latest development in the country.

According to Internet World Statistics, Eritrea has one of the lowest internet penetrations in the world. In 2018, it had only 71,000 internet users which made up 1.3% of the total population.

Read more at  The East African

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