Saturday, March 25, 2006

Belarus protests continue despite heavy police presence 

The weekend rally of the Belarussian opposition has not been disappointing:

Demonstrators attempted to return shortly after midday on Saturday, but their path was blocked by police in riot gear and a bumper-to-bumper wall of bulldozers surrounding the square.

The Minsk police closed down the Belarusian capital's underground rail system, in order to interfere with opposition efforts to gather in central districts.

An estimated 4,000 anti-government protestors collected across the street from the October Square. Shoving matches erupted from time to time between demonstrators and special forces police, but by 1 p.m. GMT (3 p.m. local) there had been no major incidents of violence.

Demonstrators chanted 'Long live Belarus!' and 'Lukashenko Shame!'

Russian Mushroom is auditing Live Journals from the area.