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Belarusian Police Detain Hunger Strike Supporters


http://gdb.rferl.org/106D15C2-B0B3-4095-8DD4-A0ADCA49A378_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/106D15C2-B0B3-4095-8DD4-A0ADCA49A378_mw800_mh600.jpg Skrabets (left) and Fralou 5 June 2004 -- Belarus police today detained two persons supporting parliamentarians on a hunger strike.

Police detained the activists after they pitched tents by the building where three members of parliament are fasting to demand fairer rules for October general elections.

Marina Bogdanovich, a member of the opposition United Civic Party leading the protest, said more tents would be erected in the future.

The three members of parliament -- Uladzimir Parfyanovich, Syarhey Skrabets, and Valery Fralou, started the protest on 3 June.

They demand new laws providing more independent election observers and broader rights for them to oversee voting. They also seek the release of opposition politician Mikhail Marynich, detained in April.

(Reuters)
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