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Opinion: under the whip of self-proclaimed rulers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn June 2015, Janis Vitolins, who coordinates balanced activities in the field of balanced environmental development, investment attraction and supervision over the Environmental Monitoring Office in Ventspils City Council, sued Ventspils activist and defender of the city’s residents’ rights Ivars Jansons. It is worth noting that Vitolins has been the 1st deputy of Ventspils City Council Chairperson and 1st deputy of Ventspils Freeport Chairperson since 1996.

This information was provided to BNN by Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis.

The opinion the pensioner expressed over the internet in comments and in a video blog apparently caused ‘terrible moral suffering’ for Vitolins (suffering worth EUR 5,000 no less), which the disrespectful pensioner should compensate, as Landmanis ironically described the whole situation.

«Can you name any other city that is managed by a criminally accused, legally limited person who is awarded with a Third Class Three Star Order, hates the West and NATO and happens to be a former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union?»

Where else can you find such over-abundance of festivities and fireworks held in favour of «newly-opened, successfully functioning, well-paid» production plants and «reasonably and rationally» congested urban environment?

Where else can you find officials who stand on guard of the «No subsistence or self-advertisement at the state’s expense. Everything for the people’ motto», Landmanis rhetorically asks.

«Even the prizes presented on behalf of the city and their laureates are selected fairly – the people say ‘NO’, Lembergs says ’YES’ and the prize is awarded to the municipality’s and freeport’s generously financed Ventas Balss newspaper editor Gundega Mertena. Certainly this award is given for the democracy provided by Putin’s trolls.»

«Oh, yes, about the mountain. Isn’t it great that the mountain (along with all of its attractions and infrastructure), which was financed using funds from the municipality and Latvian Olympic Committee, carries the name of our Lord and Father Lembergs?» – the deputy continues.

He notes that everything has a massive scale to it in Kurzeme. «Every day, the city’s and state media (using our money, no doubt) report about new and well-paid jobs. They also often tell us about the wonderful living conditions, different entertainment events and our ever-growing wages – all of it is told to be the accomplishment of the city’s Father. We are told about accomplishments of the Freeport, which happens to be managed by our Lord, about environmental conditions beneficial for the environment and human health. «Unemployment’ is a term that no longer exists in Ventspils. We, as we are told, a chosen city, and our country, Europe and the whole world adore us. It is none other than our Lord and Savior Aivars who takes care of us all the time.

All would have been well if not for some ‘saboteur and terrorist’. There is no place for such hateful and ungrateful individuals in our fair city. Pensioner Ivars Jansons is one of them. This is why actions of Janis Vitolins, a recipient of VI Class Cross of Recognition, are considered heroic,» – Landmanis continues expressing his irony.

«Our state politicians have much to learn from Ventspils residents. If we wish to develop our country, they should stay one guard to protect our country’s interests. Every politician and official should face and defeat their darkest nemesis. For Vitolins it was an ungrateful pensioner. But there are many of them left in the country: greedy teachers, doctors, police officers and other criminal elements. These ‘unsavoury types’ who dare to demand better living conditions should be sued for their disrespect and insolence. They must be taught that there is no place in our country for individuals who dare criticize hard(ly)-working officials.

It should be added that I, as a deputy of Ventspils City Council, should also rethink my ‘disrespectful’ attitude. I was wrong to believe corruption and thieving officials are to blame for Latvia’s misfortunes. It turns out, in order for the country to develop, our government needs more criminally accused lembergs and other poorly-working vitolini. Corruption in state institutions should be legalized and ‘insolent’ pensioners, teachers, doctors and police officers who do nothing but bother hard(ly) working officials should be sued and made to compensate moral suffering of the people to whom we owe our welfare,» – concludes Landmanis.

The video blog and Vitolin’s case against the pensioner can be viewed here:


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