The implementation of the infamous ‘parasite’ law has been put on the back burner today. The Belarusian leader announced the decision at the session to discuss topical aspects of Belarus’ development.
During the meeting, however, Alyaksandr Lukashenka called protesters ‘cannon fodder’ and organizers ‘maidan morons’.
“Nothing should prevent working people from living a normal life. You know that our ‘maidan morons’ went to Kyiv to look for organizers there. You realize that the people participating in mass rallies will be used as cannon fodder, crowd of extras. They are going there not for political reasons and slogans. Some 300 or 400 people led by our ‘maidan morons’ who visited Kyiv will be attempting to make provocations. They will find 10-20 professionals like those who opened fire in Kyiv. And when blood flows. It will be a tragedy. Therefore, we must be proactive,” he said.
Lukashenka vs parasite tax critics (ENG subtitles)
“We must put things right in the country in the country. Some people state: I have taken part in a rally and will do it again. We cannot prohibit people from taking to the streets. You [officials] should swing into action, because you have failed to execute this peice of work in Minsk, regional capitals and other cities. Allocate places in cities and towns where people could come and express their opinions. High-ranking officials will be pserent there,” the Belarusian leader ordered.
“A maidan will not happen in Belarus. There is no background for it. But it is important to keep a finger on the pulse. We should pick out provocateurs like raisins from a bun! They should be held strictly liable,” Lukashenka summed up.
Decree Nr 3 signed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka in April, 2015 established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units (appr. $230).
The notorious decree caused a massive public outcry. In late February, protests were held in a number of Belarusian cities and towns. The most sizable action took place in Homiel where 3,000 – 4,000 persons gathered. This time, the Belarusian government opted not to break up the protests that later spread from Minsk to other towns. Interestingly, after the protests Lukashenka left for Russia’s Sochi.
Lukashenka leaves for Sochi after street protests in Belarus (ENG subtitles)