The Belarusian National Congress (BNC) is calling compatriots to take the streets with the slogan ‘We Are People’.
Mikalai Statkevich, a 2010 presidential candidate, is one of the leaders of the BNC. Among other things, the organisation strives for uniting the Belarusian opposition.
The March Of Outraged Belarusians 2.0 is scheduled for October 21. It will begin at 14:00 in Kastrychnitskaya Square.
“From 1 January 2018 on, the Belarusians will have to pay 100% of their utility fees. Taking into account the fact that the average salary in the country is $80 -120, introducing such a measure is nothing but robbery,” the activists say.
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 February-March, protests were held in a number of Belarusian cities and towns.
On March 25, Belarusians came to main squares of their cities to protest the ‘parasite’ law and celebrate the unofficial Freedom Day. But the Minsk riot police brutally dispersed the protest. Hundreds of people – even women, elderly people, journalists and ordinary passers-by – were arrested, battered and jailed.
Police beating protesters on March, 25 (ENG subs)