03 Jul '11, 5pm

#Lukashenko's terror police fired tear gas, beat up activists and arrested dozens of people in #Belarus #Minsk #EU #news

Belarussian police fired tear gas, beat up activists and arrested dozens Sunday to thwart a major opposition protest in Minsk against the rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. The protesters, responding to calls on a social networking site, sought to show their dissatisfaction with Lukashenko by continuously clapping their hands but police arrested anyone who joined in the applause, young or old. Dozens of people, including photo journalists, were led away into waiting vans from the Independence Day protest while police subdued some demonstrators by kicking or punching them, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported. The police used tear gas to disperse the protesters from their meeting place in the square in front of the Minsk railway station and then chased activists who carried on their applause in side streets. Lukashenko, battling the worst crisis of ...

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