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Belarusian Oppositionist Discusses Lukashenka's Ouster


http://gdb.rferl.org/8B90ABBD-E34B-4E6F-BCA2-E482C2BC5275_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/8B90ABBD-E34B-4E6F-BCA2-E482C2BC5275_mw800_mh600.jpg Alyaksandr Milinkevich, the head of the Belarusian opposition, in the European Parliament on April 5 (epa) PRAGUE, April 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich said today that free elections, free speech, and free education will be the main planks in the opposition's program following disputed presidential elections last month.


Milinkevich said protests will be just one part of the opposition's strategy for peacefully uprooting the regime of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who was reelected in the March 19 vote.


In a statement on his website, Milinkevich said opposition supporters will collect signatures for a petition to demand changes in the election code and call for parliamentary and local council deputies to be recalled.


He said independent TV and radio stations for Belarusians have been set up abroad and promised support for print media.


He also said students expelled from Belarusian universities for anti-Lukashenka protests will be transferred to European universities.


Milinkevich was in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, April 5.


(compiled with agency reports)

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