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Opposition Activists Detained In Belarus

22 July 2005 -- Belarusian police are reported to have detained at least seven activists from the opposition youth movement Zubr for holding an unsanctioned demonstration in the capital Minsk.

Reports say the activists held up pictures of jailed opposition figures and a banner calling for freedom for political prisoners before security forces broke up the rally yesterday and took the activists away.

Separately, a report says Belarusian authorities have banned the activities of a Polish-based nongovernmental organization. The Belarus national television report, cited by the ITAR-TASS news agency, said the group, which officially aims to promote cooperation among scientists in Central and Eastern Europe, was accused of engaging in intelligence operations on Belarusian territory.

Polish officials earlier yesterday said Warsaw was considering expelling a Belarusian diplomat from Poland in response to the decision by Belarusian authorities to expel another Polish diplomat.