Belarus, Mali Coup, TikTok: Your Wednesday Briefing

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This explains why the rallies in the last few days, which culminated in the pouring out on Sunday, were festive but also characterized by fear. The country has had a poor record of massacring those who dare to speak out.

Often the protests have been anti-government, but this recent movement is unusual because it is the first time that demonstrators have publicly called for reforms to the monarchy. Thailand is bound by some of the strictest laws in the world that can jail critics of the palace for up to 15 years.

So that people can take to the streets and whisper that something must be It is quite extraordinary to take action against a largely absent king who has cemented financial and military power. It is unprecedented for someone with a microphone to say that it is unprecedented in a public rally.

Yesterday's briefing email had an outdated subject line. It should of course have been "Your Tuesday Briefing", not "Your Monday Briefing".

In addition, incorrect coronavirus case numbers were given for three European countries. Last week France reported about 16,000 new cases, not 20,000. 7,000, not 3,000 from Britain; and 3,000, not 7,000, from Italy, according to the New York Times.

That's it for today. Until next time.

– Isabella

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to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for interrupting the news. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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