bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 23.07.2017 | Name days: Magda, Magone, Mērija
LatviaLatvia

Landmanis: we have become servants to certain masters in our own country

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

«We, Latvia’s society, have to understand – if we want to be masters of our own land and enjoy the fruits of welfare, we have to cease quietly accepting the terrible actions carried out by questionable officials. We must demand that our government comply with the same laws they adopt. Those who cannot or will not comply should be driven out,» – believes Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Twenty five years have passed since the restoration of Latvia’s independence, which began with the founding of the public movement (Latvian People’s Front), approval of Latvia’s declaration of independence and finally – the international recognition of Latvia’s independence. We hoped we would be the masters of our land. We believed that in a quarter of a century’s time we would be living a truly democratic country, where respecting laws is welcome and encouraged and corruption, robbing the country and lawlessness of officials is severely punished and condemned,»– said Landmanis in an interview to BNN.

He believes the state government told the people: «We have done everything for you to be proud of – you live in a democratic country that is part of the European Union and you are protected by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. We are told that our country’s sovereign power belongs to the Latvian people and that we are all bound by the same principle: One Law – One Justice for All. Throughout the years that followed the restoration of our country’s independence we were continuously told – be patient, tighten your belts, and we will soon see an economic breakthrough and start living in wealth.»

«Let’s stop hoping. No economic breakthrough and no increase of welfare will come any time soon.

Welfare is the prize earned by truly free, democratic and law-abiding people. Unfortunately, we have become servants to masters on our own land. The best we can hope for at the moment is satisfying the insatiable appetites of our masters. This time we don’t have to search for any German barons or Russians. Our new ‘masters’ are among us. They compose our government, which itself is composed of former special agents, ideological secretaries and members of certain political parties. They are a government that stands above laws.

We have no one but ourselves to blame. We are the ones who put those masters in power. We are the ones who accepted the robbing of our country and forceful take-over of our country’s most valuable assets. We are the ones who allowed them to drag countless banks, companies and freeports into scandals. Even now we witness how billions provided by Europe often end up spent on useless projects without a second guess as to whether or not our country even needs them or even if chosen locations for those projects are even capable of providing effective load (for example, in Ventpils) and even whether or not it can bring any benefit at all to Latvia’s national economy without becoming a burden for the budget. We never complain, we sometimes feel proud and happy that the people who waste our country’s resources openly demonstrate their impunity. We still naively believe the promises made by officials that our and Europe’s neat flower beds, streets, opened buildings, issued benefits are an example of true welfare. We are incredibly naïve. This is why all we do is observe how more and more people leave the country,» – adds the deputy.

The politician notes that «Salman Rushdie, a British writer of Indian origin, mentioned in his opening speech at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair: ‘Limiting freedom of expression is not just censorship, it is also an assault on human nature. Without that freedom of expression, all other freedoms fail.’ Ventspils is a place where any person can see the true Latvia, which is ruled by a personality cult, a dictator. It is a Latvia where censure, limitation of the freedom of speech and persecution of differently minded people is an everyday occurrence. Every person living in Ventspils knows who the ruler of this land truly is. People living in Ventspils know very well who is expected to respect the law and pay taxes. They also know the names of the people who are untouchable, corrupt and may as well lead our country into ruin. Unfortunately, the government fully supports what is happening in Ventspls. So it is no surprise that the methods used by the pioneer responsible for ruining our country’s lawful structure and welfare are more and more often used by many other municipalities and government structures nowadays.»

Addressing government representatives, Landmanis emphasizes that the Mayor of Tallinn Edgars Savisaars, who is accused of corruption, is prohibited from taking posts in governments of any kind. «In our country you make it look like you don’t’ notice the lawlessness in state administration. You have accepted clear breaches of the law and rulings of courts of justice committed by the Mayor of Ventspils. You indifferently watch as a person who is accused of committing serious crimes limits other people’s freedom of speech, carries out repressions and makes all kinds of decisions involving state properties. Many of you are actively involved in support of such people. You readily provide them with beneficial decisions, state and Europe’s millions without taking a second thought as to how this impacts state security. You expect the population to pay taxes and respect the law. Before you ask this much of the people, prove you are their servants and not the other way around,» – said Landmanis.

Ref: 102.109.109.7384


Leave a reply

  1. Martins says:

    the author was doing good

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

BNN summary of the week: Kucinskis in Ridzene’s room and government’s rushed decisions

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Fight; Truth; Business and Growth.

Tourists die in Aegean Sea earthquake

A powerful quake that struck in the Aegean Sea has taken the lives of two persons in Greece, local authorities have stated.

Fashion in business: how to be heard in the modern-day world?

It would seem that nowadays strict fashion trends have «died». This is because people for ways to look beautiful and comfortable. One of the minds behind TRÉS fashion line, Enija Mugurevica shares advice how to start a business in the fashion industry from scratch and be heard and noticed in the modern-day world.

FCMC fines Norvik Banka for EUR 1.3 million and Rietumu Banka for EUR 1.56 million

Finance and Capital Market Commission in cooperation with Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterproliferation Center found out in a target inspection that Latvian banks – Norvik Banka and Rietumu Banka – have not followed requirements of regulations for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism funding.

Saeima approves controversial amendments to Credit Institutions Law

On Friday, 21 July, Latvian Saeima approved amendments to the Credit Institutions Law, which were previously returned to the parliament for a repeated viewing by President Raimonds Vejonis, completely unchanged.

Bank of Latvia: tax reform is a disappointment; it will not improve competitiveness

The tax reform submitted to the Saeima for approval is one big disappointment that will not improve competitiveness, said head of the Monetary Policy Office of the Bank of Latvia Uldis Rutkaste in an interview to LNT 900 seconds.

Betsafe predicts: will Duklavs remain Latvia’s Agriculture Minister?

Although Unity has asked the Union of Greens and Farmers to replace Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs with someone else after the scandalous oligarch talks in Ridzene hotel, Duklavs will likely keep his post, according to Betsafe bookmakers. There is a 33% probability of Duklavs losing his post.

Latvian alcohol industry has an offer to increase excise tax rate

Experience shows – rapid increase of excise tax results in rapid increase of prices and rapid decline of revenue for the state treasury. Based on careful calculations, Latvian Alcohol Industry Association asks the government to stick with the current excise tax increase plan.

Air temperature to reach +24° C… +25° C in Latvia on weekend

Weather is expected to be largely dry this weekend in Latvia. Next week, however, is expected to be rainy, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Saeima deputies sign agreement on Oligarch talks committee’s formation

So far only parliament members have signed the agreement on the formation of a Saeima committee for the investigation of Oligarch talks. Neither of them represents Unity – Karlis Serzants from Union of Greens and Farmers and Einars Cilinskis from VL-TB/LNNK.

Seaima Praesidium approves parliamentary budget for 2018

On 20 July, Saeima Praesidium approved the parliament’s budget request for 2018. It is planned to be EUR 22.04 million, setting funding to maintain current functions on the level of 2017, BNN was informed by Saeima press-service.

Beer brewers: fooling around with tax reforms could destroy Latvia’s beer industry

By increasing excise tax for beer, the goal of reducing alcohol consumption will not be achieved. This is because consumption of other alcoholic beverages will increase as a result, notes CEO of Latvian Breweries Union Peteris Linins, commenting on the government’s plans to raise excise tax for beer.

4,558 marriages registered in Latvia in first six months of 2017

Over the past three years, Latvian birth number almost has not changed and constitutes 22 thousand annually. 10,175 children were born in the first half of 2017, which means 990 newborn fewer than in the same period a year ago.

Broadcasting organizations ask NEPLP to stop meddling with public media contents

The board of Latvian Association of Broadcasting Organizations urges the government and National Electronic Mass Media Council to continue realizing reforms in public media.

Kucinskis also met with Slesers in the infamous meeting room of Ridzene hotel

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis admits having met with Ainars Slesers in the now infamous meeting room in Ridzene hotel a couple of times, specifically when the People’s Party made the decision to join Par labu Latviju.

Pumpurs hands 99% of Užavas alus capital shares to his son

Ildis Pumpurs, up until now the only owner and board member of Ventspils Užavas alus brewery, has handed 99% of the company’s capital shares to his son Oskars Pumpurs.

Repeated elections in Kekava – activity twice as high so far

Repeated election has commenced in Kekava’s 785 election site. 274 voters or 7% of local voting population took part in elections in the first day, according to data from the election site.

Estonia plans accepting from Turkey 160 Syrian refugees

Estonian police are looking into the documents on 160 refugees from Syria that are to be moved to Estonia in line with an agreement reached between the EU and Turkey.

Experts: potato harvest in Latvia may come later than usual this year

Potato harvest in Latvia may come one week later than usual. Still, the harvest is expected to be on the level of last year, BNN was told by Potato Growers and Processors Union.

News feed to be added to Google's website and mobile app

Internet search giant Google has said it would add a continuous feed of news and other content to its homepage and mobile app, which would be displayed before a user makes a search query.

NATO and Chinese ships perform joint manoeuvrer before entering Baltic Sea

This week, Standing NATO Maritime Group One welcomed in international a group of Chinese Navy ships that entered the Baltic Sea through the Strait of Denmark from the North Sea. Ships of both groups performed a mutually coordinated manoeuvrer for the ships to ensure safe entry of ships into the Baltic Sea, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Russia distances itself from proclamation of «Malorossiya» in eastern Ukraine

The Kremlin has noted that the proclamation of a county entitled «Malorossiya», or «Little Russia» in the pro-Kremlin-separatist-held eastern parts of Ukraine is a personal initiative of the rebel leader.

Expert: oil prices will likely remain zigzag-like

Aside from one week, oil reserves have been continuously declining since April. This trend will likely continue. Oil refining activities were not too high. This reduced demand for oil. In Q3, oil producers will increase production output and compound stores, comments macroeconomics expert Dainis Gaspuitis.

Construction output in Q1 in Latvia – tenth largest in EU

In Latvia, construction production volume in Q1 2017, when compared with the same period of last year, grew 8.4%. This puts Latvia on the tenth place among EU member states, according to the latest data from Eurostat.

Do you have an acquaintance currently looking for a job?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: