Police detain dozens of people during protests against President Alexandre Lukashenko's contested re-election, activists say.
More than 700 people taken into pre-trial detention for "breaching the laws on mass gatherings," Interior Ministry says.
Human rights group Viasna says police detained more than 500 protesters in fresh demonstrations, as anger mounts over death of Roman Bondarenko, a 31-year-old protester.
EU also threatened Belarus with more sanctions following the death of a 31-year-old protester who died in the hospital after being allegedly beaten by the police.
Belarus is in a political crisis as tens of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets each week since the Aug. 9 election calling for President Lukashenko to resign after 26 years in power.
Belarus has arrested thousands of people during demonstrations that followed a disputed August 9 presidential election. Rights groups say hundreds of detainees reported being subjected to beatings and other abuse.
Pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon holds a small lead over his pro-West opponent Maia Sandu, but not enough to win outright in the first round.
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.
President Lukashenko defies an ultimatum to surrender power by midnight, challenging his opponents to make good on a threat to paralyse the country with strikes, nearly three months after his disputed election victory unleashed mass protests.
Belarus' Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says a national strike will begin Monday after President Alexander Lukashenko's government responded with force to protests against him.
Lithuania, where Tsikhanouskaya lives after fleeing Belarus, requires a 14-day self-isolation period for anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
Belarus has been gripped by unprecedented youth and women-led protests since President Lukashenko claimed victory in an August election.
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