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Twitter unblocks accounts of Belarus opposition groups it suspended

Source : 112 Ukraine

The opposition movement sprang up after last year's presidential election, in which long-serving strongman Alexander Lukashenko claimed a resounding victory despite a widespread belief that the vote was fraudulent
20:25, 4 July 2021

Belarusian opposition leader Svitlana Tsikhanouskaya
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Twitter said it had reinstated access to the accounts of exile opposition groups that call themselves the Belarusian People's Embassies, which it suspended after they were accused of identity theft, apparently by Belarusian authorities. This is reported by Reuters.

"We took enforcement action on the accounts referenced in error," a Twitter spokesperson said. "This has been reversed, and access to the accounts have been reinstated."

The people's embassy movement sprang up after last year's presidential election, in which long-serving strongman Alexander Lukashenko claimed a resounding victory despite a widespread belief that the vote was fraudulent.

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The resulting crackdown has seen hundreds thrown in prison, allegations that opposition activists were tortured, and spurred a lively exile movement in countries like Latvia, Lithuania and Germany where many Belarusians live.

The various groups, which assert that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, now living in Lithuanian exile, won the election, and acknowledge her as Belarus's legitimate President, argue that their social media accounts are in effect 'embassies' of the Belarusian people, not Lukashenko's state.

"Even though the regime is illegitimate, we never claim to be an official embassy," the People's Embassy group in Germany said in a statement. "We represent the people, not the regime."

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