Belarus police fire warning shots

Huge demonstrations have flooded the capital every weekend for 12 consecutive weeks, keeping up pressure on Lukashenko who has hung on despite the crisis and said he has no intention of quitting.

This week he partially closed Belarus's borders to the West, replaced his interior minister and said that any protesters who lay a hand on officers policing the protests should "at least leave without hands."

There were at least two separate columns of protesters in Minsk, one of which numbered 20,000 people, the Nasha Niva newspaper reported.