Public campaign on social networks prompted authorities to soften repressions
The Education Ministry has commented on the story with the students of the Brest Regional Cadet School, who have photographed in T-shirts with the "Pahonia" coat of arms under their uniforms. Initially, the media reported that the cadets were expelled from the school by the administration for posting photos with the “Pahonia” symbol on their T-shirts on the Internet. Social networks reacted immediately with a campaign in support for the students. Most likely, the campaign in social networks and information pressure have influenced the government’s decision to abandon the use of rigid repressive measures against young people and forced the school administration to revoke the expulsion. Until now, politicized campaigns in social networks have not had any noticeable impact on the authorities, especially with regard to easing repression against their opponents. However, online activity is unlikely to lead to greater a number of participants in the opposition activities, including street rallies and election campaigns.
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.