Belarusian authorities are loyal to opposition activity in national-cultural sphere as long as it excludes protest activity
Last week, the opposition was collecting signatures in the Independence Square in Minsk to recognise the white-red-white flag as a historical and cultural value. The authorities seem ready to allow the opposition activity in the national and cultural spheres, so as amid falling incomes and rising unemployment the population shows interest in it. The security forces have set informal rules for opposition activists in organising unauthorized activities. Often they do not detain or prosecute organisers, unless they are too active or their activity involves the top leadership of the state. Should the opposition organise protest actions to promote socio-economic issues, the authorities are likely to take action that is more drastic.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.