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Belarus: Hundreds march in Minsk against Lukashenko's law penalising the jobless01:25

Belarus: Hundreds march in Minsk against Lukashenko's law penalising the jobless

Belarus, Minsk
March 15, 2017 at 21:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds took to the streets of Minsk on Wednesday as part of a new wave of protests against a presidential decree that penalises the unemployed.

The protesters held posters reading “We are not layabouts!” and shouted slogans such as “Lukashenko, Leave!," demanding the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko repeal a decree that forces unemployed citizens pay a 'social dependency' fee.

The decree, 'On the prevention of social dependency,' was signed into law by Lukashenko on April 2, 2015 and obliges citizens to pay an annual sum of around $250 (€235) to the state if they do not contribute to financing public spending or do so less than 183 days in a tax year.

Belarus: Hundreds march in Minsk against Lukashenko's law penalising the jobless01:25
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Hundreds took to the streets of Minsk on Wednesday as part of a new wave of protests against a presidential decree that penalises the unemployed.

The protesters held posters reading “We are not layabouts!” and shouted slogans such as “Lukashenko, Leave!," demanding the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko repeal a decree that forces unemployed citizens pay a 'social dependency' fee.

The decree, 'On the prevention of social dependency,' was signed into law by Lukashenko on April 2, 2015 and obliges citizens to pay an annual sum of around $250 (€235) to the state if they do not contribute to financing public spending or do so less than 183 days in a tax year.

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