Belarus protest

A man wears a placard reading “The main parasites are in Drozdy (presidential residence)” at a rally in the city of Maladzyechna, Belarus, Friday, March 10, 2017.

The Friday demonstration came a day after President Alexander Lukashenko suspended the collection of fines from unemployed people.

The two-year-old law, which imposes penalties of $250 on people who are jobless for more than six months but do no register on state labor exchanges, has been the focus of a wave of demonstrations over the past month.

The protesters in Maladzyechna demanded the law be entirely annulled, and called for the end of Lukashenko’s 23-year-long rule.

(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)