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Austrian mobile operator A1 Belarus helped block internet in Belarus

Christian 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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The operator, A1 Belarus, agreed to disable internet access for users during anti-government demonstrations and fed user data to the Lukashenko regime, Polish Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper cited Austrian media as reporting.

Topics: Belarus

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.


 

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