By: The Associated Press
MINSK, Belarus - Opposition and rights groups in Belarus say authorities have detained several dozen activists.
The leader of Speak the Truth, Vladimir Neklyayev, says authorities also searched the offices of his rights group as well as members' apartments in Minsk and several other cities.
Neklyayev, who was among those detained Tuesday, spoke to the Associated Press by telephone from a district police precinct in Minsk.
Valentin Stefanovich of Vyasna rights centre says Belarus' oldest opposition party, the United Civil Party, was also targeted in Tuesday's crackdown.
President Alexander Lukashenko has relentlessly cracked down on opposition and independent news media during his 16-year rule.