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Hero taxi driver helps protester flee riot police running after him with batons

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A taxi driver has been branded a hero after helping a protester flee from riot police during demonstrations against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko.

The incident in Minsk, Belarus, unfolded on Thursday night after Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth consecutive term in an unannounced inauguration.

Footage shared onto social media shows a man running through the residential area while being chased by three uniformed riot police.

The man scurries toward the road and jumps into a white Yandex taxi, which appears to be waiting for the traffic lights.

The quick-thinking driver revs his engine and runs the red light as the officers wield their batons and hit the car hood.

The clip ends with the police appearing to approach the cameraman.

The action-packed scene has been viewed more than 600,000 times on Twitter, where viewers thanked the driver for his brave act.

One said: "Those police acting against their own people should be ashamed of themselves. Well done that taxi driver."

A second viewer commented: "It's like something coming out of a Jason Bourne movie. Not all heroes wear capes."

Others were worried if the cameraman got arrested.

"Is the person who filmed that ok, because those riot police looked like they were heading to them next," one asked.

Belarus Police has detained 364 people at anti-government protests on Wednesday, according to the country’s interior ministry.

The protesters accuse Lukashenko, who has led his country for 26 years, of rigging the August 9 presidential election, a charge he denies.

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and will now begin his sixth term, claimed a landslide victory with the opposition accusing him of massive vote-rigging.

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