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Sky News 23 Aug 2020

Belarus opposition leader reveals when she will return to the country


Belarus's main opposition challenger has revealed she will return home when the regime is ready for dialogue and is even willing to engage with President Alexander Lukashenko.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania after challenging the results of a disputed presidential election two weeks ago, told Sky News the momentum for change in her country is unstoppable even if protests reduce in size because of state intimidation tactics.

She urged armed forces and the police not to turn on fellow Belarusians if ordered by the strongman ruler to use violence again against peaceful demonstrators.

After three nights of chaos in Kenosha, Wis., and a deadly shooting on Aug. 27, peaceful protesters returned to the streets on Aug. 28 to demand justice in the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Environmental protesters returned to the streets of Europe's capitals to continue a week of demonstrations that have seen many arrests.
In late May several hundred German executives and their families who had been forced to leave China due to the pandemic were granted special permission to return to their workplaces there. However it was anything but a sign of a return to normality. Many European companies in China are still waiting for their employees to return - but Chinese authorities are refusing to let them back in. A survey by the European Chamber of Commerce in China at the end of July showed that one-third of companies asked said none of their non-Chinese employees have been allowed to return.
One in five stated that only some of their ex-pats had been allowed back.
Only 17 percent said all expat employees had been allowed to return to China. The Chamber views it as signalling a further tightening of restrictions on European firms by China. Almost half of those questioned said the pressure came mainly from the Chinese government.
44 percent said the tone of Chinese media has become more strident.
More than a quarter had also had negative experiences with the Communist Party. While Europe's borders are largely open to Chinese investors, the hurdles for entering the Chinese market are getting higher and higher.
Those who manage to do so are often hindered by unfair competitive conditions there.
President Trump, just days after testing positive for the coronavirus and receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, has returned to the White House. CBS News' Norah O'Donnell anchors this CBS News Special Report from Washington, D.C.

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