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Belarus Cracks Down on Opposition Leaders

Monday, 20 Dec 2010 08:11 AM

The security services rounded up scores of opposition leaders and their supporters on Monday, a day after anti-government demonstrators attempted to storm the government headquarters here in a futile effort to block the re-election of Belarus’s authoritarian president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, The New York Times reports.

Election officials said on Monday that Mr. Lukashenko received just under 80 percent of the vote as critics and outside observers called the election deeply flawed from the outset. At least six of the nine opposition candidates who ran against Mr. Lukashenko have been arrested, and police have been sweeping the city in search of their supporters.

“Arrests of the opposition are continuing,” said Aleksandr Otroshchenko, an aid to one of the candidates, Andrei O. Sannikov, who was also arrested. Police had come to Mr. Otroshchenko’s home Monday morning, he said, but he refused to allow them entry. “They will probably arrest me soon.”

The independent rights organization Vyasna published an online list of 221 people it says have been arrested or prosecuted.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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