Skype, Viber Out: Make calls to Belarus temporarily free of charge!

Skype, Viber Out: Make calls to Belarus temporarily free of charge!

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Katerina B. started this petition to Rakuten Viber and

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Since 1994, not a single election in Belarus has been recognized by the international community as free and fair. President Lukashenka remains in power through fraud and repression.

On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus. According to the preliminary official data, Lukashenka received over 80% of the votes. However, according to independent exit polls, the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won. These data are confirmed by numbers from dozens of polling stations where people managed to defend their right and ensure an honest counting of the votes.

To help rig the elections, the Belarusian authorities cut off access to the Internet in the country, and there is still no Internet service at this moment. This makes it impossible to obtain information about what is happening in the country. Belarusians living abroad cannot contact their friends and families and do not know if those are safe.

For Belarusians and their friends living abroad, the only means of communication with our loved ones are international telephone calls, which are very expensive. One minute of a Viber conversation costs 51.3 euro cents, one minute of Skype call costs 49,5 euro cents. And we need to call many people many times. We could pay, but many people now need support - someone needs medical treatment, someone needs the help of lawyers, someone has to pay gigantic fines for trumped-up lawsuits brought against them, someone is in prison and needs a care package, others have been fired for political reasons but have to provide for their families. At this difficult time, it is important for us to stay in touch with our families in Belarus!

Therefore we calling on Skype and Viber Out and asking them — please make calls to Belarusian numbers temporarily free of charge and help people from abroad to contact their families in Belarus!

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