Minsk - An opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election Sunday was assaulted by security forces, media reports said.
The poet Vladimir Nekljaew was brutally beaten by police officers outside his office in the capital Minsk, the independent Belapan news agency reported.
Several other activists were arrested in the incident.
The group had been walking towards central October Square to participate in a demonstration against what they said was massive electoral fraud in favor of incumbent Alexander Lukashenko.
The police used stun grenades and pressed several activists face down into the snow, according to the report.
The government banned public rallies of all kinds on election day and concentrated a massive security contingent in Minsk.