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The Minsk police department said on Tuesday 32 people faced court hearings on charges such as taking part in illegal protests and hooliganism. In Belarus, those can lead to fines or arrest for up to two weeks.

The detentions followed a fresh call from the West for Belarus to release political prisoners and open up its authoritarian political system.

Lukashenko, who has run the former Soviet republic since 1994 tolerating little dissent, faced an unusually large public protest after his re-election in December 2010 when tens of thousands of people rallied in central Minsk.

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