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Harmony Center urges All for Latvia! to calm down and not spew out mere slogans

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Harmony Center member Valery Ageshin

The closer the parliamentary elections, the fiercer politic parties fight for their electorate. One form of this fight is public exchange of statements between politic parties representing different wings.

The statement followed politic association All for Latvia! – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK (AL-FFF/LNNK) member Imants Paradnieks words to the radio Baltkom 93,9 that he does not agree the Harmony Center (HC) has never ever held actual power in Latvia. Paradnieks had previously pointed out it is completely wrong from the part of the HC to claim that they have never been in power.

«They have been in power for 50 years already – since June 17, 1940. Besides, we know what they have done to Latvia. They themselves have been sticking to the same methods and anti-principles they are condemning,» says Paradnieks upon describing the party’s work in Riga City Council.

«It’s a pity the legislation does not impose candidates of future deputies to undergo a psychiatric examination, because some of them really need it,» Valery Ageshin, one of HC leaders, told the business news portal BNN when commenting on the matter. He assumes Paradnieks’ statements are linked to the upcoming Saeima elections.

«In reality, these are just empty words that have nothing to do with common sense. Imants Paradnieks should undergo a psychiatric examination and walk more in fresh air,» he adds.

Ageshin points out the HC was founded in 2005 right before the 9th Saeima elections, so such statements do not fit the situation at all. He claims that the party is not looking for arguments with any of the politic forces and it is on the contrary – they are trying hard to justify their activities in front of people and also other parties, because people are tired of slogans.

On the other hand, Paradnieks told the business news portal BNN that Ageshin’s recommendation to undergo psychiatric examination is a bid to maintain the HC’s «image of the enemy», thus attracting the electorate. He notes that several of the HC members have not yet been «infected» by the hate ideology and hopes that sooner or later these persons will recognize they should not have joined the HC.

«It looks like this recommendation means Agesins is the one who needs to get checked,» Paradnieks says.

Asked whether such statements can be awaited also from the HC, given the coming elections, Paradnieks does not rule out such a possibility. He believes that it is necessary for the HC to maintain their image of an enemy in order to attract voters.

«However, people are now smarter and there is a need for joint action, rather than arguing,» Paradnieks adds.

Ageshin is in turn convinced the «brawl» was started exactly by AL-FFF/LNNK, as «this association probably does not have anything else to say to prove themselves in front of the electorate».

«Nevertheless, it is exactly voters who will decide which party is right. We will see this from the outcome of the parliamentary elections. However, we urge AL-FFF/LNNK to calm down and not spew out mere slogans,» Ageshin says.

Despite it is claimed the parties do not desire any conflicts, BNN predicts that relations between the HC and AL-FFF/LNNK will further escalate during the pre-election atmosphere.


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