Thousands of people have begun streaming into the centre of Minsk for a mass protest against contested Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Despite a ban on the mass demonstration by police, people began marching to Independence Square, which was sealed off earlier by police.
"We are protesting nevertheless in some places in the city," said Maria, a 33-year-old participant.
Police immediately began arresting people, carrying peaceful protesters away into prisoner transport vehicles, while protesters yelled "shame."
The Interior Ministry has warned citizens not to take part in the unauthorised rally and has threatened violence.