Alexander Lukashenko‘s regime in Belarus proposed a draconian law to deal with silent protestors, Radio Free Europe reports.The Belorussian government introduced new amendments that said citizens would need permission for any “action or inaction intended as a form of public expression of socio-political attitude or as a protest.”
Judges might now have to decide what exactly is an “action or inaction.”
Radio Free Europe reports that one recent protest involved demonstrators all setting their alarms to go off at precisely 8pm. It appears this action will contravene the new laws.
John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International said that “these amendments reveal the paranoia at the heart of the Lukashenka regime. They would be laughable if the intention behind them were not so sinister.”
The organisation reported that any violators could be imprisoned for 15 days or faced with a fine. More than 2,000 protestors have been arrested already in Belarus.
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