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In Belarus, protest movement struggles to regain momentum



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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is doing its best to prevent a revival of the protests that marked the second half of last year. Opposition leaders are in jail or in exile. New so-called “anti-extremist” laws make it dangerous to even show the protest movement’s red and white colours. Buildings that happen to be in those colours are being repainted. Many opposition supporters are struggling to keep up morale, but others are doing just that by finding inventive new forms of activism.

They can at least chalk up one small victory: getting the regime’s preferred entry to the Eurovision song contest banned. Our correspondent Gulliver Cragg went to meet the musicians who thought they could get away with mocking the protest movement.



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