Uganda's election starts in just a couple hours.

Meanwhile, its citizens can't get online due to a state-orchestrated #internetshutdown.

This is a severe breach of human rights ‼️ We call on President @KagutaMuseveni to #KeepitOn #UgandaDecides2021
Yesterday, the Ugandan Communication Commission ordered ISPs to:

- block social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Playstore Apps
- block over 100 VPNs (circumvention tools), making it impossible to avoid the censorship…
The government has effectively cut off millions of people off from each other and the world.

#KeepitOn #UgandaDecides2021
If someone you know in Uganda can't get online, pass along these VPN tips:
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