Unemployed people should pay – says President Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian government in Belarus. For the first time in years, people have taken to the streets to vent their anger.
Belarusian police have arrested hundreds of people after its president warned of a Western plot to oust him. Mounting protests against the authoritarian president have drawn thousands of people in recent weeks.
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.
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.
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