Twitter helps govt block accounts tweeting on farmer protests. : worldnews


Tweet about peasant protests.

I am just saying. There is a clear difference between "tweeting about peasant protests" and spreading bullshit like "Modi plans peasant genocide". I'm not saying blocking these accounts was the right thing to do, but the difference between “tweeting on protests” and spreading horseshit like genocide scare tactics shouldn't be promoted by prominent media figures, even by using freedom of expression as an excuse. Free speech does not mean the freedom to incite violence.



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Over 5,100 arrested at pro-Navalny protests across Russia : worldnews


I would call them more anti-corruption protests than pro-Navalny (which it was). Either way, the largest number in Russian history after 1991. In 2011 protests were massive, but nowhere near as many arrests. Note that the entire center of Moscow has been blocked (unprecedented on this scale), the metro has been closed, entire streets have been blocked and widespread police violence has been used to reduce the number of protesters. Once they even crammed people into regular commuter buses. Around 80 journalists were arrested, some decent police officers who decided to join the protesters (one waving a gold toilet brush) and random boys, girls, men and women. But the masses are not afraid of the thugs, and the number of arrests is also a good indicator of the crowd – maybe 1 to 100. The regime is clearly afraid of the people and the protests, to go on and grow in size.
You can assume that Russia will soon decouple itself from the global internet, or at least block the main source of communication for protesters, Telegram.



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