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.
A Deutsche Welle journalist who was detained in Belarus has been freed. Paulyuk Bykowski was one of a group accused of unlawfully accessing news from the state news agency.
Authorities have not spelt out why Paulyuk Bykowski, who works for Deutsche Welle's Russian service, was taken into custody. The ex-Soviet country has escalated its crackdown on independent journalists in recent months.
The rally was held on the 100th anniversary of Belarus' independence from Russia. At least 70 people were arrested by police, according to journalists on the scene.
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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