Lithuanians protest cash registers

February 8, 2011

Thousands of Lithuanians rallied in Vilnius on Monday to protest a government decision to have small traders use cash registers in city markets in a bid to combat the underground economy.

Police said more than 5,000 people gathered outside parliament to rail against the measure, adopted last month, which goes into effect May 1 and which many fear will drive small entrepreneurs out of business.

“Taxes are already too high. How can we cope with new expenses?” said Liuba, who has been selling candies in one of Vilnius’s markets for six years.

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