Belarus opposition leader arrested

Other News Materials 18 February 2008 16:36 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The authoritarian regime in Belarus has arrested opposition leader Aleksander Milinkevich, Interfax news agency reported from the capital Minsk on Monday.

Milinkevich was said to have been arrested by Interior Ministry forces for co-organizing an anti-government demonstration by businessmen last month.

More than 3,000 retail traders and stall operators marched in the Belarusian capital on January 10 to protest a hike in taxes.

Milinkevich has been arrested several times in the past for his opposition to authoritarian President Alexsander Lukashenko, considered by some observers to be the last dictator in Europe.

The opposition leader received a freedom prize from the European Parliament in 2006.