After the Internet outage has stretched to a consecutive fourth day of protest, over the controversial presidential election, Elon Musk has offered to help the citizens on a twitter post.
Earlier on Sunday, Belarusians saw the re-election of Aleksandr Lukashenko for a continuous sixth term. Belarusians are protesting as they feel the election was not free and fair enough, which led to protests, and later police showed brutality to contain the mass gatherings. A user shared the video showing the atrocities and tagged Elon Musk and Bill Gates urging them to provide any help and not consider Lukashenko as the legal president. To which Elon Musk actively replied, “Sorry to hear this. What can we do to help?”
Following this, there was a series of retweets and request to start testing the “Starlink Project” from Belarus. A change.org petition has been circulating among the masses to make the Starlink satellite internet for Belarus.
As we know, Starlink is an ambitious project of Elin Musk, operated by SpaceX which aims to provide internet to any user on the earth via a constellation of 30,000 additional Starlink satellites to supplement the 12,000 Starlink satellites already approved by the FCC. It was scheduled to start beta testing this summer with already launched 597 satellites.
The testing of the same is very near, but we still don’t know the exact place where it will be tested. Belarus is now a strong contender to get the Starlink internet for beta testing as per the situations going on. We are curious to see how well, the tech-savvy entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk capitalizes the opportunity and helps the People of Belarus and other countries where the internet is still censored.
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