Just on Tuesday, another seven activists were handed long prison sentences. Last week, the country’s best-known independent news website was taken offline, with multiple arrests for supposed financial irregularities. Since the protests were crushed, bloggers and businesspeople, politicians and protesters have all ended up behind bars and no-one knows who might be next. That’s why many who would once have spoken freely here are now nervous. They prefer to lie low and keep quiet, just in case.
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