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Belarusian Opposition Leader To Go To Poland

Alyaksandr Milinkevich (file photo) (official site) March 29, 2006 -- Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich says he  is going to Poland to tell officials there about what is happening in Belarus following the March 19 presidential election.

Milinkevich is expected to meet with Polish lawmakers. A spokesman for Milinkevich's election headquarters, Syarhey Voznyak, said Milinkevich would return to Belarus on March 31.

According to official results, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka won 83 percent of the votes in the election. Milinkevich, who was the main opposition candidate, won 6 percent.

Prosecutors earlier today said Milinkevich could face up to 15 days in prison for public-order violations in connection with the protests he led against Lukashenka's reelection.

The Belarusian opposition, backed by Western governments and observers, denounced the election as fraudulent.


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.


Listen to the sounds of the demonstration:
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Real Audio Windows Media





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