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Activist Detained In Belarus

SALIHORSK, Belarus -- Police have detained a Belarusian activist in the central town of Salihorsk, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Tatsyana Kuchynskaya was detained on August 31 while distributing booklets with the text of a presidential decree on property rents, as well as copies of "The Market And Us" newspaper with the logo of the "Tell the Truth" campaign.

She used her mobile phone while police were detaining her and told RFE/RL that she was also informing customers and traders in the city's agricultural market about a planned open gathering at the Kastrychnik market to discuss the decree.

A duty officer at Salihorsk district interior affairs department told RFE/RL Kuchynskaya was detained for distributing the newspaper and the booklet. According to the officer, it is up to experts to decide on their legality.

The Tell the Truth campaign, organized by the Moving Forward movement leader Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, encourages Belarusians to speak out about social problems.