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Court declines plea on the prohibition of Russian demonstration on May 9th

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, May 8th, the Administrative District Court declined the plea submitted by Rodina organization in regard to the decision made by Riga City Council to prohibit the Russian demonstration the organization planned for May 9th.

The full text of the ruling will be available May 16th. The ruling is subject to appeal within one month’s time.

Rodina’s legal representative, Aleksandr Kuzin, stated during the court process that Riga City Council was motivated to make this decision given the possible risks and political views on Ridina’s political views.

During the court process, Kuzin noted that Rodina sticks to its beliefs and sees no reasons for the prohibition of the demonstration. He added that Riga City Council had allowed this demonstration to be organized in the past (2007 and 2009).

Kuzin mentioned many times that arguments used by Riga City Council and those used by Security Police are baseless. This is why he believes Riga City Council cannot prohibit an event based solely on possibilities and assumptions. Furthermore, Kizin believes the assumption of Security Police that some of Rodina’s slogans are aimed at dividing society is baseless. Rodina also disagrees with SP in regard to the assumption that this demonstration may in some way increase intolerance, indirect attempts to divide society and increase ideological conflicts.

The representative of the organization also said the goal of the demonstration is support for Russian schools. He added that Rodina’s activities are aimed at consolidating Latvia’s society.

The representative of Riga City Council, on the other hand, noted that the situation tends to change every year. Given the situation in Ukraine, Riga City Council has decided to cancel this year’s demonstration, she said.

After the court announced its ruling, Rodina’s representative Aleksandr Zhgun admitted that even though the Russian demonstration will not be carried out this year, it has ‘basically already been’ carried out, considering the resonance this case has caused in the public. He reminded that the protest act aimed against the prohibition to hold the Russian demonstration will still be carried out tomorrow.

This Wednesday, Zhgun said the event was planned to be as usual, and that there would be no provocations from society as well.

Riga City Council’s City Department’s manager Radzevics said a protest against the prohibition will not bring any result. He added this matter should be processed through court. He added that the court does not always cancel decision made by the City Council. For example – the decision to limit anti-fascist events on March 16th was changed only partially: protesters were allowed to use sound-amplifying equipment for only 30 minutes.

‘Of course, we have the freedom of speech. However, this freedom can be limited if it puts a country’s democratic structure, rights and freedoms of other people at risk,’ – said Radzevics.


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