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Kuzis: 16 March events become more and more peaceful each year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe traditional 16 March events in Riga become more and more peaceful with each passing year. Tension tends to reduce as well, notes Chief of Latvia’s State Police Ints Kuzis.

In an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme, Kuzis described 16 March events as more and more peaceful. Because of that, every year State Police has to provide less and less police forces to ensure public order and security during those events. He hopes one day there will be no need to pay much attention to those events, as reported by lsm.lv.

The chief of police links the drop in the level of tension to the declining number of participants and the overall improvement of the cultural level in the country. Global developments also show that there are more important matters that require attention of authorities.

The police have no information in regards to any particular risks for 16 March events. «We know this format well. […] State Police are prepared to ensure public order and security. We are prepared for changes as well,» – said Kuzis.

He admits – a verbal confrontation is unavoidable. Nevertheless, the main objective for the police is to prevent physical clashes. There are currently no indications that there could be any.

Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis mentioned in an interview to Latvijas Radio that this year’s 16 March events will not be different from those of previous years. Although there is no information about certain risks, the minister said – there may still be groups or individuals who may attempt to carry out provocations.

Normunds Mezviets, Chief of Security Police, had previously said there are always risks of provocations during 16 March events.

Riga City Council has approved three events submitted for 16 March. Anti-fascists and National Soldiers Support were forced to change the locations of their events to avoid a confrontation, however. Latvian Anti-fascist Committee turned to court with a request to lift restrictions for its planned event, but the court declined it.

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