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Belarusian Activists Seek Meeting Premises After Repeated Refusals

MINSK -- Activists in Belarus are desperately looking for premises for a gathering to collect signatures to change the nation's election laws.

A leader of Belarus's United Democratic Forces, Anatol Lyabedka, told RFE/RL's Belarusian service on January 19 that over 800 activists are planning to gather on January 25 for the founding meeting to coordinate the project.

Lyabedka said that so far, 12 organizations in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, have refused to provide the activists with a location for the meeting.

Belarusian law requires that activists hold a founding meeting and officially register an Initiative Group at the Central Election Committee before collecting signatures to change election laws.