3 op­po­si­tion ac­tivists ar­rested in Be­larus

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MINSK | Be­larus ar­rested three top op­po­si­tion fig­ures Wed­nes­day who were on their way to Brus­sels to meet with Euro­pean Union of­fi­cials, a move cer­tain to fur­ther fuel ten­sions with the bloc.

The 27-na­tion EU al­ready has im­posed sanc­tions on au­thor­i­tar­ian Be­laru­sian Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko’s regime be­cause of its crack­down on dis­sent and re­called its am­bas­sadors from the ex-soviet na­tion, which is wedged be­tween Rus­sia and Poland.

Those ar­rested were Ana­toly Lebedko, the head of Be­larus’ largest op­po­si­tion United Civil Party; Sergei Kalyakin, the leader of the Fair World leftist party; and Alexan­der Otroshchenkov, a lead­ing ac­tivist of the Euro­pean Be­larus group. Moam­mar Gad­hafi’s au­to­cratic regime last year.

One sign is the resur­fac­ing of old griev­ances and tribal con­flicts that Gad­hafi sup­pressed.

Tribal lead­ers in east­ern Libya an­nounced ear­lier that they were con­sid­er­ing form­ing an au­ton­o­mous state, called Barqa, that would cover al­most half of the coun­try.

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