Several hundred women were arrested in central Minsk on Saturday ahead of the now-weekly mass demonstration in the centre of the capital on Sunday. According to eye-witness reports, there were not enough police vans for the numbers arrested and scores of women were released on the spot.

Protests continue on a regular basis, and appear to be getting bigger, following the stolen presidential election of August 9 that saw Alexander Lukashenko, the former collective farm manager who has ruled the former Soviet state with an iron fist for 26 years once again claim victory. Most of his opponents had been jailed before the vote.

PHOTO: A woman is taken away by a masked policeman in Minsk on Saturday Courtesy independent news media