MINSK -- About 5,000 opposition supporters rallied Saturday against President Alexander Lukashenko, demanding the release of political prisoners.
Organizers had permission to hold the rally in downtown Minsk. Police deployed around the rally site did not intervene but about 10 activists who attempted to stage an improvised march across town were detained.
"Dictatorships fall only when people take to the streets," opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich told the rally. "We must gather in increasingly large numbers." (AP)