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3 Belarusian opposition leaders arrested

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Belarusian authorities have arrested three top opposition figures on their way to Brussels to meet with European Union officials.

The move by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's government is likely to further fuel tensions with the EU, which has slapped a series of sanctions on his regime over its crackdown on dissent.

Those arrested Wednesday were Anatoly Lebedko, the head of Belarus' largest opposition United Civil Party; Sergei Kalyakin, the leader of the Fair World leftist party; and Alexander Otroshchenkov, a leading activist of the European Belarus group.

They were detained on a train as they were heading to Moscow to take a flight to Brussels.

All three are in police custody on charges of hooliganism pending a trial Thursday.

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