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In pictures: Belarus crackdown

Belarus opposition supporters waving flags

Opposition demonstrators had gathered in a central square in the Belarussian capital Minsk since President Alexander Lukashenko secured a third term in office last Sunday.

Police detain a young man

There were about 150 protesters in the square when more than 100 riot police arrived and loaded demonstrators onto waiting trucks early on Friday morning.

A woman argues with a police officer as he tries to detain a man

Although small in scale, this has been an unprecedented protest in authoritarian Belarus. During his 12 years in office, President Lukashenko has shown little tolerance for dissent.

A woman comforts a protester who has been beaten by police

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said some of the demonstrators were wrestled to the ground.

Detainees surrounded by police outside a prison in Minsk

The opposition's main election candidate, Alexander Milinkevich, condemned the actions of the police.

A student waits outside a prison to bring his detained friend food and clothes

The opposition says last Sunday's election result was rigged.

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