A heavy hand targeting protesters in Belarus

August 20, 2020

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Several people are shown riding bicycles with one carrying an old Belarusian flag in a photograph with blured motion.

Belarusian opposition supporters ride bicycles and wave old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 19, 2020.


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It's been almost two weeks since the controversial presidential election in Belarus that led to the reelection of the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko. Since then thousands of protesters have come out to the streets and Belarusian authorities have responded with a heavy hand. And, Russia's most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was hospitalized on Thursday after a suspected poisoning. Also, climate migration is often associated with crisis and catastrophe, but Sonia Shah, author of "The Next Great Migration," wants us to think differently about migration.

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