3 opposition activists arrested in Belarus
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.