MOSCOW, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The key organizers of an unsanctioned
protest in Minsk against the re-election of President Alexander
Lukashenko, including a former opposition presidential candidate, were detained
on Saturday and will face criminal charges, the Belarussian interior minister
Thousands of demonstrators, demanding a rerun of the
presidential election a week ago, first gathered on a street adjacent to the
October Square after being denied access to the square by riot police and then
moved toward the Yanka Kupala park for a rally, Russian news agencies reported.
The demonstrators clashed with police when they tried
to march to a police station where some of the opposition supporters were being
held after police on Thursday broke up an unsanctioned opposition rally in the
October Square. The crowd dispersed shortly afterwards.
Eight interior troops and police were injured in the
clashes, Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov said, quoted by the Itar-Tass news
Naumov said all key organizers of the unauthorized
rally, including Kozulin, had been detained and will face criminal charges. He
said Kozulin called for the change of power by force, including "physical
liquidation of the head of state."
Lukashenko was officially declared the winner of the
March 19 presidential election on Thursday, securing a third term in
office.Opposition supporters started a five-day, unsanctioned rally in the
October Square on the election day, refusing to accept the election results and
demanding a rerun. Enditem