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Belarus Tells West To Stop Interfering

Alyaksandr Kazulin was arrested on March 25 (file photo) (RFE/RL) March 27, 2006 -- The Belarusian government has accused the West of fuelling unrest in the capital Minsk.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry called on the EU and the United States to stop interfering in domestic affairs.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich has pledged further protests.

Activists gathered in the capital on March 26 in solidarity with those who have been detained.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized the use of force against demonstrators protesting against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's recent controversial reelection and condemned the detention of opposition leader Alyaksandr Kozulin.

Kozulin and other activists were arrested on March 25.

The EU and the United States have condemned the election as flawed and said they will impose sanctions on Lukashenka's government.


Minsk, March 25

Minsk, March 25

THE AUTHORITIES GET TOUGH: RFE/RL's Belarus Service filed these images from the police action against the March 25 demonstration in Minsk. Photographs by Maks Kapran.


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