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Milinkevich Says Democracy in Belarus Will Eventually Succeed


Belarusian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich says the democratic movement in Belarus will eventually achieve success despite the repressive policies of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Mr. Milinkevich told reporters in Warsaw the persistent protests of opposition activists against what they saw as Mr. Lukashenko's fraudulent victory in elections earlier this month had surprised and shocked the Belarusian leader.

Security police last week broke up five days of protests by pro-democracy activists in Minsk, arresting hundreds.

In comments after meeting with Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Mr. Milinkevich thanked Poland and other European Union countries for their support for democracy in Belarus. The meeting came ahead of the signing of a document under which Poland agreed to provide scholarships for at least 300 Belarusian youths dismissed from universities in Belarus for supporting the opposition.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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