What is the role of social media in the Belarus protests? | #TheCube

Belarusian opposition supporters with old Belarusian national flags light their smartphones as they gather at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
Belarusian opposition supporters with old Belarusian national flags light their smartphones as they gather at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 Copyright Sergei Grits/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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From Twitter to Telegram, people in Belarus have been using social media to galvanise their movement. Here in #TheCube we speak with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya about internet shutdowns, why social media has been crucial, and what's next for Belarus.

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Three weeks after the disputed Belarus election, the political situation in the country remains tense.

The opposition, as well as many independent observers, have rejected the results of the August 9 vote.

Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya, a key opposition figure, has remained firm in the call for fresh elections and a peaceful transition of power.

Meanwhile, the European Union has condemned the use of police brutality against protestors.

Meanwhile, authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has held on to power, for now.

In this special edition of #TheCube, our team speaks to Tikhanovskaya about the role of social media in this movement and reveals how we have verified events on the ground.

Euronews reached out to the Lukashenko administration for an interview.

Click on the player above as Seana Davis and Matthew Holroyd detail more.

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