Belarusian authorities pushing narrative of hopelessness and disappointment with street protests in society
Amnesty International has recognised activist Dzmitry Palienka a prisoner of consciousness. Minsk aspires that Brussels is not interested in halting normalisation with Belarus in coming months. In addition, the authorities aim to depoliticise society and prevent protest mobilisation in the autumn-winter through reminding about the inevitability of punishment and creating an atmosphere of disappointment in society. Apparently, by resuming discussions about the new edition of decree on social dependants, the authorities aim to create an impression of failure of political protests and attempts to apply pressure on the authorities through street protests among potential participants.
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.