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(Forum 18) – Police in the town of Lepel [Lyepyel’] have angrily denied beating up a Baptist street evangelist, however the police have admittedly repeatedly detaining Baptists who were running a street library. The detentions allegedly took place at the instigation of the local Orthodox priest wife. Religious minorities fear that, after the strongly disputed referendum and parliamentary elections this week, the government’s attention will turn to implementing Belarus ‘ repressive religion law, under which all religious activity by unregistered religious communities is illegal. Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek of Minsk-Mohilev, the latest religious leader to criticize the law, has described some of the law’s restrictions and said that “This law appears to normalize relations between the State and the Church, but does it in a way that suits the State, not the Church.”