Belarus shuts down internet as thousands protest election results

Belarus shuts down internet as thousands protest election results

Posted August 10, 2020

Belarus shuts down internet as thousands protest election results

  • A loudspeaker on a stage in Minsk plays Viktor Tsoi‘s “Change,” as a man in a suit tries frantically to pull out the power cable.
  • That anthem is being sung by Belarusians enraged at an attempt by longtime president Alexander Lukashenka to win a sixth consecutive term.
  • Since Lukashenka took office in 1994, the country has never held a free and fair election — the latest vote, and the run-up to it, appeared to continue that trend.

– Maxim Edwards | August 10, 2020