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Daugavpils not to let Riga explode

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Latvian south-east city Daugavpils has started to collect signatures in order to revoke Riga City Council’s decision to allow construction of a mineral fertilizer terminal in Riga Port. The project provides handling and storing of ammonium nitrate of all kinds.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs reported, it is planned to transport 1 050 000 tons of ammonium nitrate yearly via Riga city center and store 90 000 tons of it – an unprecedented amount for European ports. Over 150 Daugavils residents have signed during the first days of the campaign, according to the leading independent Russian news agency Regnum.

BNN’s investigative journalism research “Inhabitants of the capital of Latvia becoming hostages of money bags” has found response. The group founded in Daugavpils is supported by the media company Dautkom, Internet resource Grani.lv and a local TV company. It reaches out to fight against danger imposed not only to Riga, but also the whole Latgale region.

Ammonium nitrate is a highly explosive substance used for terrorist purposes across the world. Having travelled from Russia to Riga, it will be stored and handled right next to terminals dealing with oil, liquefied gas and chemicals.

According to the inititors of the campaign – Yury Zaicev, Dmitry Oljehnovich, Sergey Korinenko and Vladimir Veretenikov, it will not be just Riga attractive in the eyes of terrorists, but also the capital city of Latgale region – Daugavpils. It is because exactly Daugavpils houses the rail station that is to accept the dangerous substance and redirect it to the new terminal in Riga.

In an open letter “The capital of Latvia – not a testing ground of ammonium bomb” the authors address “all the Latvian politic and social organizations as well as all sensible people in Latvia.” The letter says,

“Riga Port is no place for transportation, storage and handling of millions of tons hazardous chemicals that can turn Riga beauty into ruins in a moment or two. Under the guise of a project that is advocated as being exceedingly economical for Riga and Latvia, our land will house an object that will bring money to its Russian owners, leaving Riga balancing on the verge of a catastrophe! Does the capital city and Latvia really deserve being a training ground for ammonium bomb? Why should Riga Port house “terminal of death”?

We demand revocation of the illegal decision that allows construction of Riga Fertilizer Terminal. We want Riga and Latvia residents to be provided sufficient information on what could pose mortal danger to them. We want broad discussions that would take into account the public opinion even if this comes to a national referendum on the issue of the terminal construction.”

At 15.00 on Tuesday, September 27, Daugavpils residents will hold a protest in front of the Saeima building. According to information available to BNN, people from Rezekne and Kurzeme region could take part in the protest as well. They are determined to make a live-chain against cargoes of ammonium nitrate to prevent them from entering their rail stations and ports.

Organizers of the protest hope the 11th Saeima members will hear them out.


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  1. Bub says:

    Good for those people who stand up and do not let destroy their capital and country.

  2. eminem says:

    Oh, those brave rural people.

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