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Over 200,000 people took part in the demonstration in Minsk, the Viasna human rights centre said.
Several hundred women marched across the capital of Belarus in heavy rain Saturday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, continuing more than 2 1/2 months of protests against his challenged reelection to a sixth term.
Tens of thousands have been regularly protesting in Minsk and other cities since the vote, demanding that Lukashenko step down.
The Viasna human rights centre said more than 30 demonstrators were detained.
"Canada will always be on your side,'' Francois-Philippe Champagne said after the meeting.
Canada and the United Kingdom together imposed a first round of sanctions last month.
Despite the detentions, protests continued Monday, with the elderly taking to the streets in several Belarusian cities, demanding the president's resignation.
Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, has been rocked by street protests and strikes since authorities announced that veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko had won an Aug. 9 vote by a landslide.
Lukashenko's office said that "the goal of the president was to hear everyone's opinion." Among 11 jailed activists who attended the meeting were several members of the opposition's Coordination Council and Viktor Babariko, the former head of a ma...
The crowd, waving white flags with a red stripe, marched to the beat of drums towards detention centres where political prisoners were believed to be held, according to pictures and videos posted on social media.
A special written procedure will be launched on Friday to impose sanctions on about 40 Belarus officials.
Canada and Britain have gone ahead with sanctions on individual Belarusians, which were meant to be a coordinated move with the United States.
The asset freeze comes after violent crackdowns on protestors opposing "fraudulent" election in Belarus.
Riot police pulled people out of crowds and hauled them away into vans, a Reuters witness said. The Russian news agency Interfax said at least 10 people had been detained.
Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus' capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.
President Alexander Lukashenko was abruptly inaugurated on Wednesday in what Biden called a "sham ceremony."
Thousands of Belarus citizens have taken part in more than six weeks of rallies against the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged.
One opposition leader called the secretive ceremony "a farce."