Minsk government grants permission for march against “parasite” tax
The Minsk City Executive Committee has granted permission for staging a “march of non-parasites” in Minsk on March 15 (Belarus’ Constitution Day) in protest of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s decree against “social parasites.”
As Dzyanis Sadowski, executive secretary of Belarusian Christian Democracy, told BelaPAN, the city government has allowed participants to gather in front of the Kastrychnik movie theater from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and march to Bangalore Square on the outskirts of Minsk. The event should end at 8 p.m.
According to Mr. Sadowski, the organizers told the city government on Friday that participants might decide against marching to the remote Bangalore Square and choose to walk along Independence Square.
“When we filed our application for permission on January 30, the route seemed to be acceptable, but now the situation has changed,” Mr. Sadowski said. “Today we tried to persuade the city authorities that they should let people demonstrate at the center of Minsk and discuss the social and political situation in the country with them, but a representative of the Minsk City Executive Committee warned that the march should go along the route specified in the application.”
The application was signed by Mr. Sadowski; Iryna Vershtard, leader of the Hramada Belarusian Social Democratic Party; Dzmitry Kuchuk, deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Party of the Greens; and Uladzimir Labudow, an activist of the United Civic Party.
Apart from the above-mentioned parties, the organizing committee for the March of Non-parasites, which was initially called the March of Parasites, includes representatives of the Movement for Freedom, the Spravedlivy Mir (Just World) Belarusian Party of the Left, the Belarusian Party of Working People, the Nadzeya (Hope) Belarusian Women’s Party, and a civil society group called Nash Dom (Our Home).