Rights observers say Belarusian police detained around 250 people during a women's march in the capital Minsk. The weekly demonstrations have become some of the largest anti-government protests since a disputed presidential election in August.
Police dragged the women into police vans as they stood with linked hands. They were attending the "Sparkly March," demanding embattled president Alexander Lukashenko step down in the wake of controversial elections.
Belarusian opposition leaders say the strongman's visit to a Minsk jail to meet his foes is a sign of weakness. After weeks of protests over his disputed election win, Lukashenko is now hinting at reforms.
It's the sixth Sunday in a row that anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets. Participants said they were not intimidated by the presence of police and soldiers in combat uniforms, who were out in force.
Germany does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the winner of August's disputed election in Belarus. Opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya has already met the French president and is now heading for talks in Berlin.
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