108 opposition supporters detained in Belarus - ex-candidate

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An opposition candidate in Sunday's presidential elections in Belarus said Tuesday that 108 opposition supporters had been arrested in the capital last night.

MINSK, March 21 (RIA Novosti) - An opposition candidate in Sunday's presidential elections in Belarus said Tuesday that 108 opposition supporters had been arrested in the capital last night.

Alexander Milinkevich said his central campaign headquarters had been destroyed, but vowed that he would stay in Minsk's central square, where opposition supporters have been gathered, until the end.

Milinkevich said he was convinced police would not use force against demonstrators and added that foreign ambassadors were expected to arrive on site soon. About 1,000 people are currently gathered on the square.

"Students decided to appear on the square themselves, and I supported them," he said.

The supporters of Milinkevich, who garnered only 6% of the vote, are calling for a re-run of Sunday's elections, which resulted in the re-election of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko for a third five-year term with just over 82% of the vote amidst claims of election rigging.

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