REPORT: Spotlight on Belarus – On the Ground During the Protests
On the weekend of March 25 – 26, a wave of peaceful protests took place across Belarus. The nationwide demonstrations stem from the introduction of the widely unpopular Presidential Decree on the “Prevention of Social Dependence” that penalises several categories of unemployed persons through the levying of taxes. The protests has seen hundreds of journalists, civil society activists and political dissidents arrested and detained. Civil Rights Defenders was on the ground to monitor the crackdown.