MINSK -- Police in Belarus have used batons to disperse an opposition rally in the capital, Minsk, organized through social-networking websites, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
Hundreds of mostly young protesters who gathered across Minsk were chased by police officers, who also cordoned off a central square and adjacent streets.
The capital's authorities ordered subway trains not to stop at downtown stations.
The rally was organized through social-networking websites to protest government policies that triggered a severe economic crisis in the former Soviet republic.
with agency reports