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Opinion: payback against Zatlers or a smash hit about someone's apartment

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Valdis Zatlers

Valdis Zatlers

“We all know that Mr Zatlers’ luxurious apartment’s hall is so long that an entire infantry division would fit there if put in a single line. The fireplace in his apartment burs entire oak trees. The territory around the real estate property has a badminton field, a dressage arena and a pheasant farm”, – this is how Latvijas Avīze (Latvian Newspaper) journalist Egils Licitis begins his satire.

“See how easy it is to liven up a largely forgotten topic about ex-presidents’ privileges? Similarly how an old journalist is able to make white into black, lighting up a reactive response from society about the allegedly ongoing mess,” – he ironically continues.

“Why is the issue “about Zatlers’ apartment” is as though a smash hit of Raimonds Pauls – runs every now and again through the minds of residents? It is because there will always be someone who will light this fuse, while papers immediately calculate just what board mounting, speculations and blackening would please their masters – the real beneficiaries – who believe it is time for Zatlers to receive his just punishment! But the damage the ex-president has dealt was massive. Using Order #2 he pulled the skin off many wolves and thieves that were at Latvia’s throat”, – Licitis continues.

He adds: “He did not receive support from the Saeima for the extension of his term. He founded a party, continued to pay for the damage he has done and his head regularly receives a dump of waste, something especially hard to clean. Our “political culture” is not too interested in weaving fine silk, especially if you are an easily pressured stooge on the political stage”.

It is noted that the fact that not many people live in comfort in Latvia, the heroic fighters for justice will unmask Zatlers the “grabber”.

But the “justice fighters” have dirty payback intentions against Zatlers, because the ex-presidents’ privileges are not exactly what you would call a gold-plated Eastern assortment of luxury.

“We remember those rich, finely furnished mansions that were, most likely, built using stolen government funds. Zatlers received only as much as the law allowed it, and he was not the one to make up this law,” – Licitis concludes.

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