MINSK, Belarus -- Violence erupted Saturday at a political rally in Belarus.
Riot police clashed with protesters in Minsk, forcing back demonstrators and hitting several with truncheons. Four explosions were heard, apparently percussion grenades set off by police.
Thousands of protesters had gathered in the capital to denounce President Alexander Lukashenko, after a disputed election returned him to power.
Many protesters were detained. However, the main opposition leader, Alexander Milinkevich, denied reports by Russian news agencies that he was among those detained