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Belarusian Opposition Leader Treated In Hospital After Attack

Opposition leader Artur Finkevich

Opposition leader Artur Finkevich

MINSK -- The leader of the opposition Young Belarus movement has been hospitalized after being beaten by unknown attackers on a Minsk street, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Artur Finkevich told RFE/RL that he and a colleague had been heading toward the opposition Belarusian Popular Front headquarters in one of the main streets of the capital on July 8 when they were approached by several people.

Finkevich said the attackers squirted an unidentified liquid into their eyes before knocking them to the ground and then punching and kicking them.

He added that his laptop, memory sticks, money, and mobile phone were stolen.

Finkevich, speaking from the hospital, said he had bruises as well as burns on his face and eyes from the liquid.

He said he believes his attackers were riot-police officers and that the assault is associated with the fact that the Young Belarus organization is holding a congress in Minsk on July 10.