Belarusian SMEs to continue resistance until compromise is reached

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April 22, 2016 19:42

On February 15th, private entrepreneurs and opposition leaders held a joint action in Minsk, which gathered scores of people and was the largest in the past year. The action took place on the October Square and was attended by about a thousand people. The organizers and participants expressed their intention to hold such actions every Monday, until the authorities agree to concessions. Meanwhile, the rally on February 22nd is unlikely to be as successful as one on February 15th. Firstly, because Minsk SMEs and SMEs in the regions are not equally interested in the outcome of negotiations with the government - regional SMEs would be more affected by the intransigence of the government. Secondly, because sharp political demands put forward by the opposition during the action are off-putting for SMEs. SMEs’ future protests are likely to shift to regional and district centres and are likely to continue until a compromise with the government is reached.



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