Protesters marched in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who lost disputed election to Alexander Lukashenko

Masked police dragged people into vans and fired stun grenades and teargas to disperse crowds as tens of thousands marched for a seventh straight weekend to demand the resignation of veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Protesters chanted “impostor” and “Sveta is our president” as they marched through Minsk and other cities decked out in the opposition’s red and white colours. At least 53 people were detained, human rights activists said.

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