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media captionPolice have made dozens of arrests as opposition supporters collect for the march

Tens of 1000’s of individuals have reportedly been marching within the capital Minsk and different cities, within the newest of a number of weeks of mass protest towards President Alexander Lukashenko.

Massive numbers of police have been deployed, blocking key areas.

Police mentioned that they had arrested about 250 folks forward of the demonstration, dubbed the March of Heroes.

The protests have been triggered by a extensively disputed election a month in the past and subsequent brutal police crackdown.

Demonstrators need Mr Lukashenko to resign after alleging widespread ballot-rigging.

However the Belarusian chief – in energy for 26 years – has denied the allegations and accuses Western nations of interfering.

The 66-year-old has promised to defend Belarus.

Most opposition leaders are actually below arrest or in exile.

It’s the fifth successive Sunday of mass protests, with about 100,000 rallying every week.

Protesters in Minsk - 13 September

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Eyewitnesses mentioned the centre of Minsk was flooded with folks. They marched on the elite residential space of Drozdy, the place the nation’s high officers together with President Lukashenko dwell, however had been blocked by police.

Rallies are additionally being held in Brest, Gomel, Mogilyev and different cities.

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Nonetheless, the Inside Ministry mentioned that as of 15:00 native time (12:00 GMT) the protests concerned not more than 3,000 folks throughout the nation.

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picture captionMr Lukashenko has refused to make any concessions to the opposition

The ministry mentioned arrests had been made in numerous districts of the capital, and that these detained had been carrying flags and placards “of an insulting nature”.

Video footage confirmed males in balaclavas pulling folks out of the crowds gathering for the beginning of the march and taking them to unmarked minibuses.

Protests had been triggered by elections on 9 August, by which Mr Lukashenko was handed an awesome victory amid widespread studies of vote-rigging.

Violent clashes on a number of nights following the ballot led to 1000’s of arrests, and particulars emerged of extreme beatings by police and overcrowding in detention centres.

This produced a brand new wave of demonstrations, with weekend rallies drawing tens of 1000’s.

Mr Lukashenko has mentioned he might set up nearer ties with Russia, his essential ally.

On a minimum of two events up to now few weeks, he has been photographed close to his residence in Minsk carrying a gun and being surrounded by his closely armed safety personnel.

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