#Europe agenda: “the role of digital technologies in Belarus’ protests…

Belarus people reacts to Lukashenko’s prohibition of pro-democratic flags


Neither internet blocks nor police violence have hindered Belarus’ networked protest

A mass demonstration against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in central Minsk, Belarus, August 16. Photo: Homoatrox / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0. Some rights reserved.


An estimated 100,000 people have taken to the streets of Minsk to protest against the disputed election.
Demonstrators say a government-selected board will ruin the autonomy of a top arts university.

Belarusian designer Darya Sazanovich reflects on the power of protest optics

Symbols of Belarus’  protest movement. On the left, a red heart on a white background reflects the colours of the historical flag of Belarus flown by opponents of Lukashenka. On the right, a fist holding a paintbrush symbolises artists’ role the protests. It is held by Uladzimir Hramovich, creator of the symbol. Photo (c): Violetta Savchits, used with permission.

Rui Pinto says he is a whistleblower not a hacker and acted to expose corruption in football.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona legend to stay at club

Lionel Messi says he is staying at Barcelona as it is “impossible” for any team to pay his release clause and he does not want to go to court.
For three nights Hungary’s theatre and film university has been blockaded in a student protest.
The US president says what happened is “tragic” but says he has not seen proof of poisoning.

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