Vendors at four Brest markets join nationwide one-day strike

Vendors at four retail markets in Brest joined sole entrepreneurs’ nationwide one-day strike on Wednesday.

As local entrepreneur Stanislaw Fyadzko told BelaPAN, the walkout brought trade nearly to a standstill at the Yubileyny, Lahuna, TsUM and Varshawski markets, where only food and flower stalls were open.

Market vendors across Belarus protest the government’s move to require them to pay a fixed amount in valued-added tax on imports from Russia and produce papers regarding the origin of the goods starting 2009.

Entrepreneurs fear that the new rules could force many to shut up shop. They also demand that the government enact a law governing small and medium-sized businesses.

The strike is to be followed by a demonstration in Minsk on December 15.