13 December 2017, Wednesday, 13:58

Ales Yauseyenka: Beyond Orwell's Dreams

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The authorities have stuck in the Soviet past.

Recently, Belarus has been increasingly compared to a huge labor camp, where a forced labor is often far from a human specialization.

On Sunday the rescuer from Homel was sent to repair the roof of the cowshed in the Buda-Kashalyeva district. Rumor has it that the farm was waiting on Lukashenka. Colleagues of the deceased 33-year-old man say that he did such a work for the first time and worked without protective equipment.

What other labor duties are becoming a part of the Belarusian daily routine and how long can it last? The representative of the Belarusian National Congress in Homel Ales Yauseyenka answered questions of Charter97.org.

- What do people say about the case of a 33-year-old rescuer who fell down from the roof?

- People are outraged; it is obvious that there have been violations on the part of organizers of this emergency "repair works". Work at the height was carried out without protective equipment. And such an attitude towards people is observed throughout the country.

Teachers are forcibly sent to repair works: without training, without safety instructions. If something happens, they try to hush it up, present as a domestic trauma.

The same happened in the Buda-Kashalyeva district: the rescuer should save people, not to repair cowsheds. The law was violated. As far as I know, there were instructions provided, it was the first time when the person was involved in such works, there was no protective equipment. Here we have a bunch of violations of the labor legislation.

But the most absurd and outrageous in this situation is that local authorities violate rights and risk the lives of people just to please their superiors. This is the most resenting point in this case.

There is a proverb: people die for metal. There is a little difference in it in Belarus: people die because of tyranny of their superiors.

- The Homel region has earned notoriety this year with a general mobilization of state employees to flax harvesting. Why is it necessary to turn to such feudal methods of management in the 21st century?

- This is the only way our "agrarian" can act. This is the result of his 23-year-long dictatorship.

The authorities are stuck in state-owned realities: to make as many people as possible work for pennies. This is not even a Horodets state farm in the center of Europe, it is some kind of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in a new way.

And the effectiveness of this management system is the same as the slavery had. Our "indicators" in the economy are the best evidence. To be more specific, we can take the same Homel region: not only flax, but also corn were not harvested on time because of emergency work. Then losses worth millions will be covered at the expense of people. The ruler has no other method to present the "circus" on TV instead of bread. And then a show-off begins.

But in fact, the main "agrarian" only thinks who else can be bring to base services: whether "spongers" or the military. But there is no use of the forced labor. Lukashenka considers himself the chief specialist on all issues, and his policy has long gone bankrupt.

- What are other features of the bankruptcy of social policy in Belarus?

- It is enough to look around. Or look at the false mirror of the state populism. Amid the Belarusian reality, as they say, Orwell was lack of imagination.

Just take a look, Lukashenka is constantly talking about a "social state", and, for example, tariff rates for housing and communal services will be increased for people, and not for businesses. Or special taxes and paid medicine are invented not for unprofitable factories and collective farms, but for unemployed citizens called "spongers".

What can you say about it? To talk about the "social state" and first thing to introduce fees for the most vulnerable citizens. It's not just a short memory, it's something more serious.

Pay your attention to methods practiced towards the policy against citizens of our country. Children are taken hostage for unpaid rent bills! Do you know what it reminds me of? The activity of Schutzstaffeln during the Great Patriotic War.

- How can one resist the forced labor and illegal fees?

- The smallest thing to start with is to support normal, independent Trade Unions and turn to them for assistance. And the best option is to remove all this government and the policy. Lukashenka has pushed the country over the edge. Not only in the agricultural sphere, but in labor issues.

Only the rule of law succeeds in Belarus, we save our citizens from forced labor and fees. Under democracy and the rule of law, everyone in the country is engaged in his own business.

- And what is going on now?

- And now one thing can be said: fools are at the helm. Appointments are based not on competence, but on relative ties or personal devotees to those who take a higher position. And the whole system obeys orders and multiplies absurdity.

But there is a simple law - both physical and social one. The harder the pressure is, the stronger the counter reaction is. Until the authorities follow "one hand rubs another" principle, the can manage to tie up loose ends, to bring down the wave of protests with repressions and empty words, to draw a veil over the most acute problems. Although, they already fail with the last option. In the course of time, they will have to be responsible for the rest. Keeping right on, they will observe a great fire to start.