ACTION! Belarus Telegram Revolution Protesters Confront Bottles and Shields
After the alleged re-election victory of pro-Chinese President Alexander Lukashenko, protests have been forming, and continue to form, thanks, in large part, to Telegram. The fact that Twitter is not a part of this story might be poignent for some who remember a Twitter that once supported the Iranian #greenrevolution now no longer being a platform of choice for any form of dissent from the land’s state and corpo-state enforced code of allowable orthodox views and actions.
Telegram revolution’: App helps drive Belarus protests
Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus‘ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messaging app. They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement.
“Today will be one more important day in the fight for our freedom. Tectonic shifts are happening on all fronts, so it’s important not to slow down,” a message in one of Telegram’s so-called channels read Tuesday. “Morning. Expanding the strike … 11:00. Supporting the Kupala (theater) … 19:00. Gathering at the Independence Square.”
The app has become an indispensable tool in coordinating the unprecedented mass protests that have rocked Belarus since Aug. 9, when election officials announced President Alexander Lukashenko had won a landslide victory to extend his 26-year rule in a vote widely seen as rigged.
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