According to the estimates of Belarusian human rights activists, in recent days across the country were arrested more than 70 people.
Amnesty International urges the government of Belarus to release all those detained on “the March of natureade”.
A statement published on the organization’s website.
“After the first allowed the protests against the very controversial tax on unemployment continued, the power went back to the usual reflex of the detention of peaceful demonstrators. This escalation is alarming, detention of dissidents must cease immediately,” reads the statement of human rights defenders.
As human rights activists, “the Belarusian authorities must not crack down on peaceful dissidents just because they have the courage to Express their opinion.”
“Instead of slowing them down, the authorities must respect the right to freedom of peaceful Assembly and of expression . Any person arrested during the protests for peaceful criticism of the government, should be immediately released,” – said the Director of the regional organization Amnesty International in Europe and Central Asia John Dalhousie.
According to the estimates of Belarusian human rights activists, in recent days across the country were arrested more than 70 people. Most of them in connection with the Marches of angry Belarusians. The participants shares awarded heavy fines or arrest for a day.
As you know, participants in the “Marches of natureade”, which are held weekly in different cities of the country, demanded to cancel the decision of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the annual lump sum fee in the amount of approximately US $ 200 who should pay all citizens who do not work more than 180 days in a year. The requirement does not apply to registered job seekers, Housewives, farmers and individuals operating in Russia.
On 9 March, the President of Belarus announced the suspension for a year levy for parasitism under decree No. 3.
About 60 thousand people signed a petition against the presidential decree.