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Belarusian Police Disperse Opposition Flash Mob

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