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EU demands release of detained in Minsk

March 26 2006

The European Union is unhappy with forcible actions of the authorities of Belarus. In particular, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has demanded the immediate release of all detained opposition supporters and in particular one of its leaders - Alexander Kozulin.

In response, the Interior Minister of Belarus Vladimir Naumov said that the use of force was dictated by the threat of a coup. The Minister stressed that against Kozulin be prosecuted on charges of riot.

According to the authorities, resulting in riots hit eight policemen. Also aware of the wound four protesters and five journalists, reports RFE / RL.

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