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Belarusian Oppositionist Banned From Holding Meeting In Vitebsk

Alyaksandr Milinkevich
Alyaksandr Milinkevich
VITEBSK, Belarus -- Authorities in Vitebsk are not allowing Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich to meet with locals.

Milinkevich, the head of the Za Svabodu (For Liberty) opposition movement, was planning to hold an open meeting with citizens in Vitebsk's Brigantina Cinema on December 10. But the Mayor's Office refused to grant permission for the meeting to take place.

The Za Svabodu movement's coordinator in Vitebsk, Khtystafor Zhaliyapav, told RFE/RL's Belarusian Service that Milinkevich will hold the meeting in a different manner.

Milinkevich ran against incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the presidential election in March 2006.

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