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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Condemns Belarus

WASHINGTON -- The United States slammed Belarus for its "brutal" breakup of a peaceful but banned opposition protest two days ago.

"The authorities deployed police with dogs, riot troops and armored personnel carriers in central Minsk to arrest 300 to 500 Belarussian citizens, reportedly beating many of them," State Department spokesman James Foley said in a statement.

He said a U.S. citizen from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's advisory and monitoring group was detained "in clear violation of his diplomatic status."