MINSK (AFP) - Belarussian police on Sunday fired tear gas, beat up activists and arrested dozens of people to thwart an opposition protest in Minsk on Independence Day, an AFP correspondent reported. The protestors sought to show their dissatisfaction with the regime of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko by clapping their hands but the police arrested everyone who joined in the applause, young or old. Dozens of people, including photo journalists, were led away into waiting vans while police subdued some protestors by kicking or punching them, the correspondent said.