Around 100 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday during anti-government protests. \n\nDemonstrations broke out after the re-election of the country\u2019s authoritarian leader and have raged for over four months. \n\nCrowds of people took part in dozens of small rallies scattered around Minsk \u2014 a new tactic used by the opposition. \n\n\nInstead of one large gathering, it is intended to make it harder for security forces to target the protesters. \n\nDemonstrators carrying red-and-white flags, the symbol of the protest movement, gathered in groups and marched down residential areas of the city, demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko and protesting his government's violent crackdown on activists and peaceful demonstrators. \n\nPolice in Minsk said around 100 protesters have been detained but the Viasna Human Rights Centre \u00a0released the names of nearly 150 people detained in Minsk and other cities, where rallies also took place. \n\nTwo journalists were detained in the western city of Grodno, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists. \n\nMass protests have swept Belarus, an ex-Soviet nation of 9.5 million people, ever since official results from the August 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory over his widely popular opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. \n\nShe and her supporters refused to recognise the result, saying the vote was riddled with fraud. \n\nAuthorities have cracked down hard on the largely peaceful demonstrations, the biggest of which attracted up to 200,000 people. \n\nPolice have used stun grenades, tear gas and truncheons to disperse the rallies. \n\nAccording to human rights advocates, more than 30,000 people have been detained since the protests began in August, and thousands of them were brutally beaten. \n\nFour people are reported to have died as the result of the government's crackdown on demonstrators and opposition supporters.