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The new normal: FRANCE 24 reports from Belarus to Burundi

THE NEW NORMAL
THE NEW NORMAL © FRANCE 24

In our show "The New Normal", which examines the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, FRANCE 24 brings you four reports from our correspondents around the globe.

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>> We begin in Belarus, which has seen months of protests and strikes. It all started after the presidential election in August, in which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko declared victory, but the vote was widely seen as rigged. His opponents are vowing to keep on protesting, despite fear and brutal crackdowns by police. Gulliver Cragg reports from Minsk.

>> Since 1993, more than 1,400 journalists have been killed worldwide, according to the UN, and nine out of ten cases the murderers have gone unpunished. Some countries are particularly deadly for reporters. In Iraq, three newsrooms have been attacked this year, some of them multiple times. Journalists and analysts have been murdered. Jack Hewson and Lucile Wasserman report from Baghdad.

>> India's economy is still reeling after one of the world's strictest coronavirus lockdowns. Between April and August, 21 million salaried jobs were lost, many of them engineers, teachers and accountants. Now a jobs scheme for poor farm workers has become a lifeline for struggling professionals – but also a symbol of how the middle-class dreams of millions of Indians are unravelling. Suyash Shrivastava, Sreya Banerjee and Sohail Khan have the story.

>> We end in Africa, where five years after fleeing their country, refugees from Burundi have been returning home from neighbouring Rwanda. Some 400,000 people fled in 2015 after Burundi’s then president Pierre Nkurunziza sought a controversial third term in office and oversaw a deadly crackdown on dissidents. Nkurunziza has since died of Covid-19, but there are still big concerns for returning refugees in a country where human rights abuses remain rampant. Mukelwa Hlatshwayo, Simon Wohlfahrt and Bastien Renouil report.

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