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Ventspils opposition: someone is possibly trying to overthrow the government in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU‘After working in Ventspils City Council (and Ventspils political life since 2005), myself and my colleagues have understood that some individuals are prepared to undermine the very foundations of our country by twisting power against the Constitution and against the laws. My colleagues and I have turned many times to authorities to request that they put a stop to lawlessness that currently plagues Ventspils City Council and has already spread out to other parts of the country,’ – notes Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis in his open letter to Latvia’s highest ranking officials.

‘You all know that Ventspils City Council is managed by a person who is charged with serious crimes (the most serious criminal charges in Latvia’s history, as a result of which Lembergs is prohibited to fulfil the duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council and Chairman of Ventspils Freeport since 2007). This person uses his power to continue to manage hundreds of millions worth of public assets while, at the same time, illegally limiting the rights of other deputies to access information, participate in meetings regarding important decision in the city council and other processes. Unfortunately, the government makes it seem as though everything is fine. It seems acceptable for the government to have individuals who are charged with serious crimes, who continue to openly lie to the people to remain in their posts, who have free access and authority to dictate their will in processes of Ventspils City Council, its subsidiaries, Ventspils Freeport and who continue to spend enormous amounts of money to further cement their positive image in the eyes of the people. The government has not managed to properly react to this specific person’s illegal acts (influencing deputies of the city council, different restriction measures that clearly contradict our country’s Constitution and which result in the creation of an atmosphere of lawlessness for deputies of Ventspils City Council). Deputies in Ventspils City Council have next to no rights. This situation can e described the following way: if you are against me [Aivars Lembergs], you may miss meetings of the city council, because neither you nor your representatives will be approved to take post in any of the collective decision making bodies. You will be denied information, your legislative initiatives will not make it to council talks, etc. The fact that Ventspils City Council is managed by deputies of the Chairman (who are in turn controlled by Lembergs) seems completely legal to the government representatives, even though this clearly contradicts regulations stated in the Municipalities Law which state that deputies are allowed to perform duties of the Chairman only of he is away, dismissed or resigned from his post,‘ – as mentioned in the letter. This open letter is addressed to State President, ministers, Saeima deputies and Prime Minister candidate Laimdota Straujuma.

Landmanis continues: ‘Let us assume Valds Dombrovskis resigned from his post because he felt guilty. Unfortunately, instead of following in his noble example and discuss the true nature of the tragedy in Zolitude, politicians have decided to limit themselves to a rushed clean-up in the industry and forming a new government. The only difference is that this time there are signs of the manipulative shadow of one famous political figure in Ventspils behind all this. Not a single political party has talked about actual principles, conditions and work to be done. The only thing important to them is to take posts. This, on the other hand, shows politicians have done no consideration whatsoever and have made no conclusions as well.’

He writes that ‘neither death nor a thief is choosy in terms of victims. Both take. The victim’s citizenship or nationality is unimportant. The same applies to age, gender and social status. Death took many in Zolitude that day. Thieves, corrupt officials, their supporters, those indifferent to criminal offence have been present in all levels of our governments, making it possible to steal from all residents. Wouldn’t you agree? Then what was the reason to have persons who are charged with serious crimes be removed from all posts related to state, municipal, enterprise and other management related posts? Why do such individuals support political parties like For Latvia and Ventspils and Union of Greens and Farmers? Why is the so-called coalition of law and Harmony Centre incapable of agreeing on laws that would have easily resolved this situation that has been slowly decaying the very foundations of our country for years? You all know the answer quite well. You political parties have people who enjoy their “work” so much they often forget the basic principles of morality.’

‘It is often said that there are no longer any boundaries, no taboo. But what about ”Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal” and others? Do we allow our children do what their hearts desire? Do we not teach them what is right and what is wrong? If this persists, we will soon see an age when criminals will continue to freely manage public assets, become managers of kindergartens and schools,’ he writes in his letter.

According to Landmanis, ‘it is not enough to have the PM resign, to have the government be formed with no effort and to boycott Maxima (as publicly announced by Dombrovskis, Pavļuts and Straujuma) so that the country may follow a path of morality and welfare. We need to prove to ourselves and other that we are prepared to change for the best. Announcements of coalition parties should be put aside for once. The government should be formed from people who are able to prove their readiness through hard work.’

In his letter, Landmanis urges the Saeima to immediately propose and vote in favour of amendments that would prohibit officials charged with serious crimes to take post in government and municipal institutions. This would truly prove Valdis Dombrovskis’ decision to resign has had a positive impact on the officials’ understanding of moral responsibility.

‘Recent behaviour of representatives of For Latvia and Ventspils allow us to conclude that what we see now in political developments may be an attempt to overthrow the government. And this attempt is being carried out by corrupt and irresponsible officials by the order of our fair city’s so-called Mayor. Whether or not this attempt is successful depends on us. If it is successful in the end, wait for consequences. Standards of democracy in Ventspils City Council will be adopted by all institutions everywhere in Latvia. Consequences will likely include different amendments that will allow misappropriation of state resources and the like. Latvia will change. It will not be the same country it is now. It will be managed by “legal thieves” whose standards differ greatly from those of western democracy. The so-called lawlessness that is so often mentioned to be present in Riga City Council is nothing compared to that of Ventspils,’ – he emphasizes.

‘Conscience does not allow me and my colleagues to remain silent. I hope there are at least a handful of worthwhile people in Latvia’s politics and who are not indifferent to the fate of our fair country,’ – he concludes in his letter.

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