More than 700 people taken into pre-trial detention for "breaching the laws on mass gatherings," Interior Ministry says.
Belarusian students, factory workers and pensioners answered a call by exiled opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to launch a nationwide strike this week — a fresh move to force Lukashenko to hold new elections after months of mass protests.
Belarus has been gripped by unprecedented youth and women-led protests since President Lukashenko claimed victory in an August election.
Belarus has been rocked by strikes and weekly street protests since authorities announced that President Lukashenko, who has ruled in authoritarian fashion since 1994, had secured re-election on August 9 with 80 percent of votes.
Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg agreed in principle to sanctions proposals for Russia over poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny as well as against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for alleged rigging in August elections.
Protesters have taken to the streets every week since an August vote to demand that President Lukashenko step down and allow for a new election to be held.
President Alexander Lukashenko holds a rare meeting with detained opposition leaders, state-run Belta news agency reports.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya faces a charge in Belarus over making public calls to harm the country's security.
President Alexander Lukashenko's government announces that it has drawn up a list of people banned from entering Belarus in retaliation for sanctions on 40 Belarus officials imposed by the European Union.
Tens of thousands march for seventh straight weekend to demand veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko quit.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei Foreign dismissed Western countries' protest crackdown complaints as "nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy" to Belarus.
The lawyer, Lyudmila Kazak was defending Maria Kolesnikova, a key member of a council Belarus’ political opposition set up to push for a new presidential election.
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