Thursday, December 23, 2010

Belarus Charges 18 Opposition Figures

Belarus has filed criminal charges against 18 leading opposition figures, including seven of the nine presidential candidates, for having a role in post-election riots.

The opponents are charged with coordinating and “inciting mass disorder” that led to violence between demonstrators and security forces.

The list also includes a swathe of the country's media elite, who have been arrested since protests erupted following President Aleksander Lukashenko victory for a fourth term in office on Sunday.

More than 700 people, including 25 journalists, were arrested during Sunday's protests.'


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