Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is doing its finest to stop a revival of the protests that marked the second half of final yr. Opposition leaders are in jail or in exile. New so-called “anti-extremist” legal guidelines make it harmful to even present the protest motion’s pink and white colors. Buildings that occur to be in these colors are being repainted. Many opposition supporters are struggling to maintain up morale, however others are doing simply that by discovering ingenious new types of activism.
They will at the very least chalk up one small victory: getting the regime’s most well-liked entry to the Eurovision music contest banned. Our correspondent Gulliver Cragg went to satisfy the musicians who thought they might get away with mocking the protest motion.