Minsk - More than 20,000 opponents of Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko gathered in Minsk, in defiance of a government ban after polls closed in Sunday's presidential election.
The demonstrators gathered in central Minsk, waving red-and-white flags to protest Lukashenko's election victory. Some chanted 'Long live Belarus!'
Opposition presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov told the crowd he 'would fight for freedom.'
Lukashenko had threatened police action against anyone who defied the ban on rallies.
Sunday's protest mirrored those of the presidential election four years ago, when tens of thousands protested in Minsk against Lukashenko, until police intervened.