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4 detained in Belarus for trying to hold anti-govt protest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 31/03/2017
Belarusian police officers detain opposition activist, Pavel Severinets, center, prior to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, March 31, 2017. Four people have been detained in Minsk during an attempt to protest against political repression. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) © The Associated Press Belarusian police officers detain opposition activist, Pavel Severinets, center, prior to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, March 31, 2017. Four people have been detained in Minsk during an attempt to protest against political repression. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

MINSK, Belarus — Four Belarusian opposition activists have been detained after they attempted to hold a protest rally in Minsk, the capital.

Hundreds of people were arrested over the weekend after unsanctioned protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk. The protests followed sporadic demonstrations across the country over the past two months, an unusually persistent show of defiance in the former Soviet republic.

Four activists holding pictures of jailed politicians came Friday to the KGB headquarters in Minsk and were rounded up by police several minutes later.

Before he was detained, Christian Democrats leader Pavel Severinets said "Fear and repression cannot stop the wave of protests against this rotten Soviet regime."

Nearly 30 opposition activists are being held in the KGB headquarters on suspicion of plotting an armed uprising.

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