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.
Thousands of opposition protesters are staging a series of smaller rallies across Minsk in an attempt to evade authorities cracking down on mass gatherings. At least 100 people have been detained.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would not remain in his post if the protest-gripped nation adopts a new constitution. Since August, he has refused to negotiate with the opposition.
Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called the latest protest a step toward a "free and fair Belarus." Fresh rallies in the street were influenced by the death of an anti-government protester.
Economic problems only do so much to hurt authoritarian rulers like Aleksander Lukashenko, who retains Moscow's backing. But time is not on his side as Belarus' coffers run low, investment freezes and the currency tanks.
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