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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Former political prisoner Mykola Statkevich held a meeting with about 1,000 supporters today on Svoboda [Freedom] Square in Minsk which turned into a protest rally against Lukashenka, the independent news site reported.

Statkevich was released in August along with 5 other political prisoners who had served many years in Lukashenka's prisons as part of a growing rapprochement between the European Union and Belarus.

Statkevich was the last of 10 opposition presidential candidates jailed in 2010 amid numerous reports of fraud that led Lukashenka's stealing of the elections. Statkevich said today that the goal of the rally was to "return Belarusians the right to protest."

Any type of gathering or rally, such as the annual Chernobyl procession in April, has been harshly discouraged particularly in the last decade by Lukashenka since he came to power in 1996.

Translation: Minsk now. Svoboda Square.

Translation: This time in Minsk, a lot more people came out to protest against Lukashenka.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick