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MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus police have released most of the 200 or so protesters they detained Wednesday night at a rally against President Alexander Lukashenko in the capital Minsk, human rights activists said Thursday. Riot police rounded up scores of people among about 1,000 who turned out for the rally in response to opposition calls on the Internet. The rights organization Vesna-96 said more than 220 people were detained in the capital and many more in other towns and cities in the former Soviet republic, during protests partly provoked by economic hardship. "But at least in Minsk, all of them, or almost all of those detained, were released later Wednesday night," Vesna representative Valentin Stefanovich told Reuters. Later Thursday Vesna said in a statement that courts in Minsk had fined 20 protesters between $140 and $200 on charges of hooliganism. Rallies against L...

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