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To-do lists, clear goals: How Telegram is driving protests in Belarus

Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus' authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram app

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Peaceful protesters who poured into the streets of the capital, Minsk, and other cities were met with stun grenades, rubber bullets and beatings from police

AP | PTI Moscow
Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus’ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram app.

They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement.
 
“Today will be one more important day in the fight for our freedom. Tectonic shifts are happening on all fronts, so it's important not to slow down,” a message in one of Telegram's so-called channels read Tuesday.
 
“Morning. Expanding the strike … 11:00. Supporting the Kupala (theater) ... 19:00. Gathering at the Independence Square.” The app has become an indispensable tool in coordinating
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First Published: Aug 22 2020 | 12:35 AM IST

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