Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Western And Foreign Ambassadors Join Alexander Milinkevich, Alexander Kozulin, And Democratic Protesters On Minsk's Central Square

MINSK, March 21 (RIA Novosti) - "An opposition candidate in Sunday's presidential elections in Belarus said Tuesday that 108 opposition supporters had been arrested in the capital last night.

Alexander Milinkevich said his central campaign headquarters had been destroyed, but vowed that he would stay in Minsk's central square, where opposition supporters have been gathered, until the end.

Milinkevich said he was convinced police would not use force against demonstrators and added that foreign ambassadors were expected to arrive on site soon. About 1,000 people are currently gathered on the square." ...

"108 opposition supporters detained in Belarus - ex-candidate" RAI Novosti Russian News and Information Service March 21, 2006



MINSK, March 21 (RIA Novosti) - Several senior diplomats from European Union countries have arrived at the central square of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, where demonstrators have gathered to protest the results of Sunday's presidential election, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene.

The group of diplomats includes the ambassadors to Belarus from Britain, Italy, Latvia, France and Germany.

More people are continuing to join the protesters whose number has now reached 800.

Although temperatures have plunged to -5° Celsius (23°F), and it is snowing, opposition supporters plan to spend another night on the square.

Belarusian opposition groups defied freezing temperatures to continue their unauthorized protest into Monday, when some 300 people remained on Oktyabrskaya Square through the night, setting up tents despite temperatures plummeting as low as -10° Celsius (14°F)." ...

"EU diplomats join protest in Belarusian capital" RAI Novosti Russian News and Information Service March 21, 2006


Largely younger protesters, members of the urban, educated middle-class, and the democratic opposition candidates Milinkevich and Kozulin-- soon to be joined by Western and Foreign Ambassadors -- are braving the Eastern European Early Spring freezing elements to uphold ideals of transparently democratic and non-fascistic social processes. Mr Milinkevich's two sons were reported to have been detained by Belarusian police earlier today before being set free. It is unclear how many of the assembled police force are from the Central Minsk region, where opposition democratic candidates Milinkevich and Kozulin are believed to have actually received over 50 per cent of the vote in Sunday's managed-democratic, fraudulent election -- according to respected, liberal Belarusian polling organizations.

Photo credit: Associated Press. With thanks.


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