Another protest action of Belarusian market vendors has taken place in Minsk. As before, several hundred persons were paricipating in the rally today.
The Minsk police were set to prevent the protesters from holding the action: they provoked pushing and shoving when trying to take a loud-hailer from them and ID all the present people.
No one was detained. The market vendors are committed to organise another action on February 28 at 15.00
Beginning 2016, Belarusian self-employed businessmen selling clothes and shoes have to start working in accordance with the new rules that came into force on January, 1. Lukashenka’s Decree 222 of March 16, 2014 canceled the previous benefits in the required package of accompanying documents for the goods and ordered to get for them not only consignment documents, but also a certificate for compliance with the Eurasian Economic Community.
Representatives of entrepreneurs’ movement argued that the Russian market, where they bring cheap Turkish or Chinese clothing from, such documents are difficult to obtain. As a result, the businessman are fined and their goods are seized.