Belarus: Opposition candidates beaten, arrested
20 Dec 10

Reports are emerging from Belarus that opposition leaders Andrei Sannikov, Nikolai Statkevich, Rygor Katusev and Vitaly Rymanshevsky have been arrested by police. Sannikov had earlier declared a provisional coalition in Belarus, after thousands protested against election results favouring current president Alexander Lukashenko.

Sannikov is reported to have been beaten badly. Another opposition leader, Vladimir Neklyaev, is said to be in intensive care after a severe beating by Belarusian riot police.