Be­larus jails 600 pro­test­ers

The Pak Banker - - International -

MINSK: Be­larus on Tues­day jailed 600 demon­stra­tors de­tained dur­ing a mass rally against re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko, de­fy­ing fierce Western con­dem­na­tion of the bloody crack­down. Po­lice of­fi­cials said the pro­test­ers would be held for up to 15 days while pros­e­cu­tors probed their al­leged in­volve­ment in "or­gan­is­ing mass dis­tur­bances"-a crime that car­ries a sen­tence of up to 15 years. "It is not a fact that all of them will be re­leased af­ter 15 days," Minsk po­lice spokesman Alexan­der Las­tovsky told AFP.

Lukashenko vowed Mon­day to come down hard on all those re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing part in Sun­day's unau­tho­rised demon­stra­tion against his regime. "That is it," Lukashenko de­clared in a na­tion­ally-tele­vised press con­fer­ence. "Our coun­try will have no more sense­less, mud­dleheaded democ­racy." "I warned you," he added. "Kids-you are mess­ing with the wrong guy." The wave of ar­rests left relatives search­ing for loved ones in the city's pris­ons, with groups scour­ing the long list of names posted on the walls of one fa­cil­ity and wait­ing. -Afp

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