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Belarus Rolls Out Big Brother to Counter Worst Unrest in Decades

  • New state-run system of surveillance may span entire country
  • Hundreds of people detained during rallies in Minsk on weekend

Belarusian authorities plan to set up a nationwide surveillance system to get a better grip on their own population as the largest protests in two decades sweep the country.

The new system would accumulate and process data from a network of video and thermal-imaging cameras, as well as detectors of smoke, radioactivity, explosives and others. It would automatically allow for early detection of dangerous activity, state-owned news service Belta cited President Alexander Lukashenko as saying during a government meeting on Monday.