The American technology giant said on Saturday that the social network Facebook and its messaging app have been shut down in Bangladesh since Friday because protesters opposed the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attack on the country. Two-day visit.

On Friday, the police shot and killed four people after protesters allegedly attacked a police station in Chittagong, Bangladesh during a demonstration protesting Modi’s visit.

Facebook said in a statement: “We are aware that our services are restricted in Bangladesh.” “We are working hard to learn more and hope to restore full access as soon as possible.”

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not comment on whether Facebook and its messengers were blocked, but it had previously used the Internet shutdown as a tool to curb the spread of protests.

Facebook also stated that Bangladesh has expressed serious concerns about the way it imposes restrictions on the effective communication necessary to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The local hardline organization Hefazat-e-Islam (meaning the protection organization of Islam) has called for a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the massacre in Chittagong. Hefasat and his supporters accused Modi of alienating a minority of Muslims in India.

Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday for a two-day visit, the first international visit since 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.

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