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Belarus cuts off internet as EU says it's considering action in response to disputed election

Published by Yahoo on Wed, 12 Aug 2020


In an attempt to disrupt nationwide protests following this week's disputed election, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko cut off internet across the country, forcing demonstrators to use VPNs and proxies to get online and share whatever news they can, The Guardian reports.Katsiaryna Shmatina, a political analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, called the move "unprecedented" and said that while the internet has been blocked in the past in Belarus, the current ban has been longer and more aggressive than in previous years.The European Union, meanwhile, is prepared to take action ' likely meaning sanctions ' against Minsk, noting the elections were neither "free nor fair" and describing the actions taken against protesters as violent and unjustified.> JUST IN: The EU's @JosepBorrellF notes Belarus elections were "neither free nor fair" and says the "people of Belarus deserve better."> > The bloc is considering action vs. "those responsible for the observed violence, unjustified arrests and falsification of election results." pic.twitter.com/TL0JA6ZYcy> > ' Teri Schultz (@terischultz) August 11, 2020Several other European countries, including Ireland, Lithuania (where Lukashenko's challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is staying for safety reasons), and the other Nordic and Baltic states have spoken out against Lukashenko's response. Read more at The Guardian.More stories from theweek.com Trump campaign tweets mugshots of alleged criminals, all of them Black, to claim Biden is pro-crime Donald Trump is trying to steal the election Sarah Palin offers advice to Kamala Harris: 'Trust no one new' and ignore the 'yahoos
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