State continues to cut social security benefits
Last week, the state media reported that all discounts to pre-schoolers and students at secondary schools would be abolished, and that healthcare institutions would limit the number of times a citizen could request free medical care.
De facto, in recent years, the population has increased spending on education and healthcare systems. Meanwhile, the government does not even raise such issues as reducing the tax burden, citizens’ control over governmental spending, and quality monitoring in education and healthcare.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.