Belarusian opposition street actions start gathering more participants
Last week, Minsk hosted a traditional event dedicated to the Freedom Day, which was sanctioned by the city authorities. According to different estimates, the demonstration was attended by between one and two thousand people, including many young people. The law enforcement has neither interfered with the demonstration, nor detained participants, despite the fact that the opposition leaders had violated the permitted format and organized an unauthorized meeting. In addition to conventional for this day rhetoric in support for Belarus’ independence, some participants and organizers attempted to introduce political and social slogans. The absence of repressions after the 2015 presidential campaign and mild reactions by security forces to street activity, have made unsanctioned opposition activities more attractive for the people. If the law enforcement does not resume tough repressive measures to curb protest activity, traditional authorised opposition rallies are likely to gather more 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.