A controversial decree by President Lukashenko, which imposes a new tax on the unemployed, has been met with strong resistance from many Belarusians. Hundreds have taken to the streets - despite their fear of being arrested.
Popularly known as the "tax on social parasites," President Alexander Lukashenko sought to tax the underemployed. Even though he backed down on the tax protests have continued, with some calling for his resignation.
The opposition in Belarus says it will keep pushing the regime towards dialogue - putting President Lukashenko before a political dilemma. DW spoke to leading opposition activists as a government crackdown continues.
Authorities in Belarus arrested people who were preparing "mass unrest" after discovering a weapons cache in a separate raid, according to state television. Activists in the ex-Soviet state dispute the official account.
A spate of protests against a new tax has spread beyond the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The unpopular labor law obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year.
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