Police Quash Massive Democracy Protest in Belarus

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Video of the Democracy Protest and Brutal Crackdown in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday:
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Belarussian police smashed a massive democracy protest yesterday in the last dictatorship of Europe!

Opposition supporters shout while marching to the site of a sanctioned rally in the Belarusian capital Minsk, on Sunday, March 25, 2007, holding white and red opposition flags and E.U. flags. Police on Sunday blocked thousands of opposition supporters from holding a rally on the city’s main square, but allowed them to gather about two kilometers (1.5 miles) away for a demonstration that activists hope will boost momentum for change in the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Charter 97 has extensive coverage of the day’s event.

Democracy babes were out in force.

Reports of 10,000 to 15,000 protesters attended the massive rally in Minsk.

Opposition supporters shout while marching to the site of a sanctioned rally in the Belarusian capital Minsk, on Sunday, March 25, 2007, holding white and red opposition flags and E.U. flags. (AP)

The protesters waved the red and white flags of the 1918 republic, banned by the government which uses the Soviet-era national flag.

Opposition supporters pose with their flag as they mark the first anniversary of the last years’ disputed election that handed President Alexander Lukashenko a third term in downtown Minsk, Monday, March 19, 2007. Belarus has been ruled with an iron fist for more than a decade by Lukashenko, who has quashed dissent and opposition parties and shut down independent media. He has been dubbed ‘Europe’s last dictator’ by some Western countries and been slapped with sanctions by the United States and the European Union.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich told the crowd that the free world stood behind their efforts.

Opposition supporters confront police special forces officers blocking a central street in the Belarusian capital Minsk, on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Police on Sunday blocked thousands of opposition supporters from holding a rally on the city’s main square.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


Police clash with opposition protestors in central Minsk, March 25, 2007. Belarus police clashed with opposition protestors in Minsk on Sunday after about 10,000 people took to the streets for the biggest opposition rally this year. (Reuters)

Robert Mayer has a great roundup on the protest.

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