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7 Jul 2020

Digital Report

In Belarus, A1 operator subscribers demand compensation for blocking Internet during unrest

Note: This is an unofficial summary translation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the original article is available in Russian here.

In Belarus, A1 operator subscribers began to apply for compensation due to an Internet shutdown that took place on 19 June 2020. The shutdown was allegedly caused by technical interruptions in access and occurred during street rallies in support of the detained presidential candidate Viktor Babariko.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Minsk and other cities to express their civic position. However, they were unable to access social media or use the Internet. A1 was experiencing technical problems on that day, 19 June 2020, starting from 16:00 which led to the complete Internet shutdown. After the unrest subsided and some of the demonstrators were detained, the company was no longer experiencing problems…

The Belarusian operator is owned by A1 Telekom Austria...