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Why the Belarus Free Theatre, inspired by Gandhi’s non-violence, remains a voice of dissent

On January 3, 2011, Belarusian troops besieged Minsk International Airport, from where a group of theater artists were to travel to the United States. The founders of the Belarusian Free Theater (BFT), Natalia Kaliada and Nikolai Khalezin, have been arrested and repeatedly warned to create works criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko, but their new production, “Being Harold Pinter”, with testimonies from political prisoners, was due to take place in New York. Underground performance of one of their works in Minsk (Source: Kolya Kuprich) Underground performance of one of their works in Minsk (Source: Kolya Kuprich)

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