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Topless activists complain of attack in Belarus

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Topless activists complain of attack in Belarus


A Ukrainian group behind a topless anti-government protest in Belarus says some of its members have been beaten and threatened.

The organisation FEMEN claims that after the protest outside the KGB state security headquarters, three members were seized, driven to a forest, forced to undress and had petrol poured on them.

FEMEN spokeswoman Oleksandra Shevchenko, speaking in Kiev, said: “They threatened them with a knife and later cut off their hair. Then they beat them up and left them naked in the forest, without their belongings, clothes, money, phones or documents.”

The KGB in Minsk has refused to comment.

FEMEN says the protesters managed to walk to a village where they were helped by a local resident.

The news comes just a day after police broke up a candlelit vigil organised in Minsk to mark the anniversary of a crackdown against opposition supporters. More than 30 people were detained.

Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko tolerates little dissent in the former Soviet state, which he has run since 1994.

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