Protests in Belarus ahead of Lukashenko deadline

Protesters beat drums, waved flags and shouted "strike" as they streamed through the capital on the 11th straight weekend of action since a disputed election plunged the country into turmoil.

The president's main opponents have been jailed or fled into exile following the Aug 9 election, which Lukashenko's opponents accuse him of rigging to win a sixth straight term. He denies electoral fraud.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, his main electoral challenger, has led calls from exile for a national strike to begin on Monday (October 26) if Lukashenko refuses to release all political prisoners and resigns to make way for a new election.

Lukashenko has signaled that he would ignore the ultimatum.