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PostSubject: "Europe's last dictator" finally finds the limits to power: taxing the unemployed during a recession   Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:04 am

Belurusian leader Alexander Lukashenko calls himself "Europe's last dictator": he's a thug who steals elections and sends opposition politicians to forced labor camps, the kind of guy who can get away with arresting a one-armed man for clapping -- but when he imposed a "social parasite tax" on unemployed people in the recession-devastated country, it proved too much.



The mass-marches in the capital of Minsk have now spread to Gomel, the country's second city, with more demonstrations nationwide. 470,000 people are caught by the tax, but fewer than 10% have paid it.
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The new tax, enshrined in a decree on preventing social dependency, widely known as the "Law against social parasites", requires those who declare less than 183 days of work per year to pay $250 in compensation for lost taxes - more than half an average monthly salary.
Oh, PS: despite all of Lukashenko's wicked ways, Hacking Team still sold him cyber-arms to spy on his people.
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More photos from today's anti-#tax #protest in #Minsk, #Belarus:

pic.twitter.com/VcHGafSaJs
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) February 17, 2017
Belarus tax protests spread beyond capital [Andrei Makhovsky and Andrey Ostroukh/Reuters]

http://boingboing.net/2017/02/20/europes-last-dictator-fi.html
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