Austrian mobile operator A1 Belarus helped block internet in BelarusChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 8, 2020
An Austrian-owned mobile operator has had a hand in restricting internet access in Belarus amid protests against that country’s longtime strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, Polish Radio has said, citing media reports.
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That came despite the Austrian government in early August condemning any attempts to limit internet access for citizens by authorities in Belarus, the Polish daily said.
The government in Vienna said in a statement to the Austrian media at the time that it was unacceptable to force telecommunications operators to do so, according to Gazeta Wyborcza.
The statement was issued after Lukashenko’s government disrupted internet connectivity in Belarus in an attempt to stifle growing protests after that country’s August 9 presidential election, according to the report. ■