Central African Republic Bans Text Messages

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The government Central African Republic has ordered the suspension text messaging functionality by mobile operators, following calls for a nationwide civil disobedience campaign protest against violence.

An called Collectif Centrafrique Debout has been sending text messages since the weekend, asking stay at home starting Thursday following more inter-communal the capital Bangui.

According Reuters, the government did not reveal the identity those behind the campaign but the mass messages, the urged to stay at home until there is complete disarmament, especially the pk5 neighborhood.

A statement by the Communications Minister, Abdallah Assan Kadre, said: “on the instruction of the prime minister… order to contribute to the restoration of security the country, the use of SMS by all mobile subscribers is suspended”.

is unclear when the ban will be lifted.

Central African Republic has been gripped by ethnic and religious violence since Seleka , who are mostly , seized in the mainly Christian nation in 2013.