Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Look At Europe's Last Dictatorship (Belarus)

VICE News: Blackout: Inside Belarus, Europe's Last Dictatorship

In BLACKOUT, a series made possible by Jigsaw, VICE News takes viewers across the globe, from Pakistan to Belarus, to examine technology's role in the ongoing fight for free expression. Watch the rest of the series here:

In October of last year, Alexander Lukashenko swept to his fifth term as the Belarusian president, marking 22 years in power. Despite the elections being marred by allegations of fraud, the EU in February lifted travel sanctions against Lukashenko's government, as a reward for good behavior — the elections passed without a repeat of 2010's violent crackdown against opposition parties. But critics argue that the EU is making a dangerous endorsement of an autocratic regime that still employs the use of internet surveillance, censorship, and intimidation to exert control over its people and press.

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WNU Editor: Belarus is a basket case .... and it should not be. But the overwhelming police presence, the intimidation, Soviet-era anti-business measures, etc. coupled with a paranoid leader .... being one who has visited the country many times .... I am always shaking my head when I leave.

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