Thousands in Belarus protest Lukashenko’s rule

Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Belarus as they seek to keep the pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko over his contested re-election.

In the capital Minsk, Lukashenko’s critics stage a number of scattered protests across the city, with some groups numbering a few dozen participants and others a few hundred.

Police with dogs are patrolling the streets as authorities deploy troops and water cannon. The Viasna rights group says more than 30 people have so far been detained in Minsk and other cities.

Lukashenko’s opponents claim the polls were rigged and that political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who ran in place of her jailed husband, was the true winner.