All-Belarusian People’s Assembly may adopt unpopular economic decisions
The draft of Socio-Economic Development Programme for 2016-2020 will be presented to the delegates of the 5th All-Belarusian People’s Assembly. Previously, the Assembly, as a mobilisation instrument, was always held before the presidential elections. In 2015, the Belarusian authorities decided holding it in the post-election period most likely due to the lack of appealing economic development plans for the next five years. President Lukashenka may attempt to enlist the support of the executive to make some unpopular economic decisions, which, however, would not endanger the overall architecture of his power, but will meet the requirements for the IMF loan.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.