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People’s gathering: criticism of president Vejonis causes loud applause

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The New Conservative Party’s organized people’s gathering at Town Hall Square this Wednesday, 23 August, gathered more than 400 people. JKP representatives said that people should gather for such meetings every month, because this is how democratic society is formed.

At the beginning of the event, participants sang Latvia’s national anthem. After that, JKP leader Janis Bordans took the stage. He emphasized that the situation currently present in the country – when everything is decided by a small group of people through their mutual agreements – cannot be allowed to continue.

The politician invited participants to act and take responsibility for their own homes and the country in general.

Participants of the gathering armed themselves with posters, which were handed out to them by organizers. Aside from usual slogans inviting others to respect the laws, posters also featured slogans like «don’t feed oligarchs».

There were many old people as well. Representatives of the party also invited younger people to be more active in the political life of their country.

Most of what politicians and culture sector representatives said on stage was focused on condemnation of oligarchs and the ruling government’s inability to set things right in the country. A lot of criticism was voiced towards Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis. Participants of the gathering welcomed the voiced criticisms with applause.

Talkers often referenced the so-called oligarch talks, adding that Inguna Sudraba’s election as the head of the parliamentary committee entrusted with investigating the case is considered a cruel joke at the people.

Participants were invited to take active part in political developments in the country and support parties that do not cooperate with oligarchs and Russian government.

Former Riga City Council member Sarmite Elerte proposed supporting political powers that stand in favour of financing parties solely from the state budget to avoid shady donations.

The goal of the gathering at Town Hall Square was to demand from the government to «hand over power to the people as it is clearly stated in the Constitution» after all the problems with oligarch case.

JKP representatives say that although the parliamentary committee responsible for assessing oligarch talks and the finer points as to why the investigation performed by authorities went nowhere, the work so far has been painfully shameful, because Sudraba has been picked as the head of the committee, especially considering that her name was mentioned in oligarch talks as Putin’s preferred prime minister candidate.

«In addition, this politician does not have access to official secrets. This way she can pretend to be investigating something even though there is no way for her to go through actual materials of the case. It is imitation of work and pointless waste of the country’s money. The committee’s activities demonstrate clearly – oligarch era is not over in Latvia. Even Raimonds Vejonis’ behaviour shows – he accepts the current state of affairs. We want to end it,» said the party’s representatives.

JKP notes that 23 August was one of the most tragic days for Latvia. «It was on this day that the villainous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed in 1939. But this date is also associated with hope and people’s spirit that can inspire many – the Baltic Way, to be exact,» party representatives said.

Politicians say that consequences of the pact remain, because «still our destiny is decided by others».

JKP notes that Aivars Lembergs is always a welcome guest in the Saeima and the coalition’s table, and that oligarchs’ power is closely tied to the system formed by their collaborators.


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