'It's a Telegram revolution': Messaging app proves crucial to Belarus protests
The opposition candidate, schoolteacher Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, left for Lithuania under duress , her campaign said and authorities shut off the internet, leaving Belarusians with almost no access to independent online news outlets or social media and protesters seemingly without a leader.
As EU rejects Belarus election result, the country's beleaguered president looks to Moscow for backing.
The app has become an indispensable tool in coordinating the unprecedented mass protests that have rocked Belarus since Aug. 9, when election officials announced that President Alexander Lukashenko whom some call Europe's last dictator had won a landslide victory to extend his 26-year rule in a vote widely seen as rigged.
The people who run the channels, which used to offer political news, now post updates, videos and photos of the turmoil sent in from users, locations of heavy police presence, contacts of human rights activists and calls for new demonstrations something Belarusian opposition leaders have refrained from doing publicly themselves.
Telegram channels [run by bloggers] played a mobilizing, an organizing role, while more balanced information could be found on Telegram channels of media outlets.Read more
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