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Protest act to be organized to oppose resettlement of refugees in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn order to oppose the resettling of new immigrants in Latvia, the National Alliance invites residents to gather for a protest act at the beginning of August.

According to an entry made on the party’s social network profile, the protest act is set to take place near the Cabinet of Ministers at 18:00 on 4 August.

Deputy of the National Alliance Gaidis Berzins has said that the protest act will be organized by Fatherland Guards association.

According to information posted on social networks, the aforementioned association will organize the protest act with help from Justice national union, NA and other nationally-thinking organisations and citizen groups. The event will express a protest against the resettling of immigrants forced upon Latvia.

Berzins emphasized that Latvia has to demand additional criteria to be added in regard to the refugee matter – the attitude of native residents toward immigrants living in the country. He says the refugee matter should be viewed not only by the government, but by the Saeima as well. The parliament’s European Affairs Committee has already formulated a position on it. However, according to Berzins, the government has decided not to take it into account.

As it is known, the Cabinet of Minister has confirmed that Latvia will allow the resettlement of a total of 250 refugees in the next two years as part of the EU Resettlement Plan.

During an informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 9 July, officials reached an agreement in regard to the resettling of 20,000 refugees from third countries; Latvia will resettle 64 refugees. No agreement was reached in regard to the resettlement of 40,000 refugees from Italy and Greece.

The matter regarding refugees has caused certain tension within coalition parties in Latvia. After Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary Rihards Kols signed the initiative to hold an extraordinary meeting in the Saeima to decide on the refugee matter, Straujuma dismissed him. Deputies of the National Alliance do not understand this decision. The Prime Minister has since mentioned a breach of the coalition agreement.

Co-Chairperson of NA Raivis Dzintars had previously said that members of Unity likely want the National Alliance to leave the coalition. In addition, he said «Unity shot itself in the foot with Kols’ dismissal,» – said Dzintars.


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