Belarus opposition party says 100 activists arrested in election protests Holly Manges Jones at 1:15 PM ET
[JURIST] Approximately 100 opposition activists in Belarus [JURIST news archive] have been detained for protesting the country's presidential elections over the weekend, which locked in a third term for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], a lawyer for the Belarus People's Front party [Wikipedia backgrounder] said Tuesday. The party's lawyer said the activists are being held at a prison outside Minsk. No official arrests have been yet reported in Minsk's Oktyabrskaya Square where protestors who claim the election was fraudulent have been demonstrating [JURIST report] since Sunday night. Leading opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich [official website] called for the protests, but the number of demonstrators has continued to diminish from the thousands on Sunday night to mere hundreds on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Milinkevich on Tuesday called for a weekend protest [Reuters report] to push for a new election.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.