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Riga City Council prohibits Rodina organization to hold a demonstration this week

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFollowing instructions from Security Police, Riga City Council has decided to prohibit Rodina organization to hold its protest demonstration in Victory Park this week.

The decision was made by Riga City Executive Director Juris Radzevičs after the meeting with representatives of Rodina, State Police and Security Police this Wednesday, May 7th, as reported by Riga City Council.

Radzevičs received a letter from SP, which stated that this demonstration presents multiple factors that may increase threats to public safety and order, which may lead to riots. It is also said that Rodina organization may not be able to contain risks and maintain order during the demonstration. This is why SP asked the municipality to prohibit this event.

SP believes the event planned by Rodina is aimed at dividing Latvia’s society; create an ideological conflict and increase tension and intolerance within Latvia’s society. Among participants of this demonstration there could be people that are interested in causing confrontations and conflicts.

A full written notification will be delivered to Rodina organization within the day.

At the same time, Riga municipality has decided to allow to hold public events at the Victory monument on May 9th.

BNN had previously reported that multiple Latvian internet news portals, mass media offices and Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov have received an anonymous note, in which the author threatens to perform suicide bombing if there are festive events organized at the Victory monument on May 9th.

Considering this information, Security Police has sent a letter to State Police, advising to pay additional attention to visitors of the event in order to ensure no one comes to Victory Park with firearms, explosives pyrotechnic products, highly flammable and poisonous substances, and other items that can be used for violence.

Deputy Chief of State Police, head of the Anti-terrorism Centre Juris Leitietis confirmed in his phone conversation with Panorāma programme that SP has, indeed, received the letter in which the author promises to blow himself up on May 9th. The author has not yet been identified.

‘Even though SP views this letter as provocation, we remain on high alert – we are performing operative work in order to determine the author of the letter and his intentions. We are also planning preventive measures in order to reduce the possibility of his plans. We are searching for this person. We will do everything we can to find him,’ – said Leitietis in his phone conversation.

SP notes that it is planned to pay close attention to the people that will come to the events on May 9th. This especially applies to people carrying bags, backpacks and suspicious items.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    It must be very worry to be an ethnic Russian in the Baltic States. Far safer are the non-Europeans in…. well Europe. If that doesn’t make you wonder where this is going then we could all be in trouble whatever our political persuasions.

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    • jj says:

      And why exactly should it be a worry? How would you know?

      Just because a march has been banned?
      The normal events at the Victory monument are still going ahead.

      None of my ethnic Russian friends are the slightest bit worried.

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  2. Антон says:

    Я роди́лся в Росси́и. ….why you write comment on here m walsh. we are not interested in putin propaganda thoughts.

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  3. peace says:

    If they want to march let them march back to that stinking hole Russia and enjoy the good life :)

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