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Published on Jul 4, 2011
140 activists will face trial in Belarus after they were detained during an anti-government protest on Sunday. Witnesses say police used tear gas and beat activists as they tried to round up the latest silent demonstration marked only by clapping. The Independence Day celebrations come as the government struggles with a financial crisis, hoping to secure a multi-billion-dollar bailout from the IMF. The country's currency has been sharply devalued, while the budget deficit mounts. A younger wave of protesters has recently emerged, many of whom are organized online, outside the established opposition.