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Police see no criminal violations in association’s words about «weapons unused at the right time»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Security Police say they found no signs of criminal violations in a statement released by Tēvijas sargi association regarding «a great purge» in Latvia and «weapons that went unused at the right time».

Recently the organization has posted on its social network accounts the following statement: «A lot of what is wrong in the country now is because of remains of the occupation! Promise to yourself and your descendants – to not allow it ever again! Do your part today – a great purge is needed to free Latvia of contaminants of the past!»

This statement was accompanied with an image and a slogan «weapons that went unused in the right time lead to more victims and more complicated consequences for future generations».

Security Police comment that the aforementioned statement does not contain any signs of a possible violation of the Criminal Law.

At the same time, authorities say such statements do not contribute to social cohesion. Security Police intends to watch this organization’s activities more closely from now on.

It is mentioned on the website of Security Police that the main types of crimes investigated by this institution include espionage, disclosure of official secrets, activities aimed at overthrowing the state government, calls to breach the country’s territorial integrity, terrorism, as well as crimes against humanity and peace.

Tēvijas sargi organization had previously received a great deal of attention from Security Police. In March 2018, Security Police viewed a video material posted by the organization on its Facebook profile as provocative material that could be used to influence Latvia’s information space. In this video, members of the organizations, dressed in camouflage pants and black jackets practising use of assault rifles and similar firearms in a field. Jānis Sils – leader of the organization is seen is seen in the video standing alongside other representatives. Black off-road cars carrying Latvia’s flags can also be seen in the video.

In October 2017, the organization also published photos on their social network profiles, showing members of the organization, dressed in camouflage pants and hooded jackets stand outside Mucenieki Asylum Centre for refugees. «We walked around Mucenieki. The message was well-received by people at the entrance and in the building. We had a little talk with the personnel there about our intentions,» the organization stated on its Twitter profile.

This campaign got Security Police’s attention. Representatives of Security Police say the goal of the campaign was promoting this organization. Authorities are aware of this organization and its goals, which are not viewed unambiguously by members of society, nor do this organization’s activities contribute to social cohesion.

Tēvijas sargi had previously publicly noted that it is an association that promotes popularity of military service and military associated activities among the population in Latvia. Members of the association believe «Latvian men should be capable of protecting themselves, their relatives and even their country in the event of a war».

One of the founding principles of this organization is categorically denying any external influence that aims to radically change Latvia’s ethnic composition, communication language and moral values.


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