Hundreds of Belarusians Turn Out for New Protest Against Jobless Tax

Hundreds of Belarusian protesters came out on March 12 in the latest of a series of angry rallies against a controversial tax on the unemployed.

The $200 tax imposed by President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in 2015 to fight “social parasitism” applies to all who work less than six months a year and do not register in a job centre.

On Sunday, protesters took to the streets in the cities of Babruysk and Vorsha. In Vorsha, police reportedly made several arrests, including well-known opposition figure Paval Sevyarynets, and an RFE reporter. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful