Belarusian opposition activist Andrey Klimov, who is going to run for president in 2006, was detained in Minsk on Friday for holding a mass protest rally in the country’s capital on March 25, RIA Novosti reports.
The rally of several thousand protestors was called a rehearsal for a “velvet revolution” by those who held it.
A criminal case against Klimov has been launched under the “Organizing mass riots” Article of Belarusian Criminal Code.
He has already served a sentence in a correctional facility after he was found guilty of committing economic crimes.
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