The Salon II

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Is Lukashenko done?

BBC NEWS | Europe | Belarus protests spark clashes

"Clashes have broken out between police and protesters in the Belarus capital Minsk during a large opposition rally over a disputed election results.

One opposition leader, Aleksander Kozulin, was reportedly detained but there was confusion over the arrest of another, Alexander Milinkevich.

Several thousand people defied police attempts to prevent the rally, moving instead to a nearby park.

Blasts were heard as a group marched on a jail where other protesters are held.

'The more the authorities conduct repression, the closer they bring themselves to their end,' Mr Milinkevich earlier told a crowd of protesters who gathered in Yanka Kupala park."

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