Police units guarding Minsk center to prevent unauthorized opposition march

MINSK, March 25 (Itar-Tass) -- Police units are guarding the Minsk center to prevent opposition actions timed to coincide with the 93rd anniversary of the declaration of the Belarusian People’s Republic.

The approaches are blocked to the Yanka Kupala Park where the opposition wanted to lay flowers to the poet’s monument. The police said that a suspicious parcel, which looked like a bomb, had been found there.

There is no entry into the underground passage to Yakub Kolas Square, from where the opposition planned to start the march. Public vehicles are not permitted to park on the square, and people in civilian wear are hampering the work of cameramen and photographers. The police have asked reporters to leave the square in order not to create excessive agitation.

Security services are detaining opposition activists and people carrying white-red-white flags outlawed in Belarus.

A small group of opposition members tried to start the march from Yakub Kolas Square, but a large police cordon stood on its way.


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