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Anti-Government Protest Continues In Minsk

26 October 2004 -- Belarusian opposition figures say police detained seven activists as demonstrations continued in Minsk against a referendum that allowed President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to run for another term.

Rallies and demonstrations have been held nightly since the 17 October vote, which lifted the limit on presidential terms. The referendum was widely criticized as fraudulent, though election officials said nearly 80 percent of Belarusian voters supported it.

After nighfall in the capital, police detained seven protesters who had gathered along with several dozen others in the main square, chanting "Lukashenka, No!...Belarus, Yes!" and waving European Union and Belarusian flags.

Among those detained was the leader of the opposition Svoboda party, Syazhuk Vysotsky.