Belarus police still holding AFP journalist after protests

20th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Belarus police on Monday were still holding an Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist after arresting her in the wake of mass nighttime rallies against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Maria Antonova was arrested as she tried to return to her hotel after the rallies were broken up by the police.

In the early hours of the morning she managed to phone a colleague to name the detention centre where she was being held but the conversation was rapidly interrupted.

She had already been kept in detention for several hours, she said by phone.

Belarus police arrested hundreds of protestors, including seven opposition candidates, after smashing the mass rally protesting fraud in the landslide re-election of Lukashenko.

© 2010 AFP

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