Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation. Officers arrested more than 200 demonstrators including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have rocked the country. More than 2,000 women took part in the march in Minsk. Such anti-government marches have become a regular feature of the unprecedented wave of large protests that began after the August 9 presidential election. Officials said President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in office with 80% support in that vote but opponents and some poll workers say the results were rigged. During Mr Lukashenko’s 26 years in office, he has consistently repressed opposition and independent news media. Large demonstrations have been held in cities throughout the country and some Sunday protests in Minsk have attracted crowds estimated at up to 200,000 people. The human rights group Viasna said more than 200 people were arrested during Saturday’s march. “There were so many people detained that lines formed at the prisoner transports,” Viasna member Valentin Stepanovich told The Associated Press. Among those detained was Nina Bahinskaya, a 73-year-old former geologist whose defiance has made her a popular figure in the protests.