Opposition leader Alaksandar Milinkievič jailed in Belarus
Friday, April 28, 2006
The leader of the main opposition party, Belarus for taking part in an 'unsanctioned rally'. The march, held in the centre of , marked the 20th anniversary of the . Held every year, it is a traditional forum for expressing political opposition. At least 6,000 protesters took part, accompanied by riot police., has been jailed for 15 days in
Demonstraters are said to have asked permission for the rally and to have received authorisation for having the protest on some sites. Protestors say that their protest was on the authorised sites and was not unlawful.
Conflicts between the opposition party and the government, led by Alexander Lukashenko, have been numerous since Lukashenko was as President on March 19, 2006. The opposition party has organised numerous demonstrations and rallies, and over 1,000 of their members being arrested.
Milinkievič has said that he has received "a political sentence". Other opposition leadersand were also jailed on the same day.
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has said the US "condemns this act" and called upon Belarus to act within accepted international principles on the treatment of political opposition. NATO chief has also condemned the action.
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