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Jail for opposition hunger striker

A Belarus opposition activist who has been on hunger strike since his arrest in late December has been sentenced to 35 months in prison.

Sergei Kovalenko told the court in the city of Vitebsk that he planned to continue his hunger strike and "I do not consider myself guilty".

Kovalenko was arrested on December 19 for political activities that allegedly violated terms of a suspended three-year sentence he was handed for raising an opposition flag on the municipal Christmas tree in 2010.

Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, in office since 1994, has consistently suppressed opposition groups and cracked down on independent media.


From Belfast Telegraph