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Unity begins its election campaign with an anti-Ushakov advertisement

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AUthor: Renāte Briede/LETAUnity has begun its election campaign with an anti-advertisement of Harmony Centre‘s represented Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov. The party has paid for video clips, telling about Harmony Centre‘s consequent policy, which is aimed at reducing the role of Latvian language in the country, according to Unity.

Unity‘s candidate leader Sarmite Elerte has confirmed that the party did, indeed, buy the video clips. However, she noted that this is not an anti-advertisement, but the stating of facts. Unity believes voters should be reminded as to what kind of person they could potentially give the power of managing Riga on the next elections.

Unity‘s own advertisement will soon air as well. As reported by the party’s Riga City Council faction’s leader Olafs Pulks, the video clips about Ushakov are part of Unity‘s advertisement activities.

“As we have said it many times before, Latvia’s capital cannot be managed by a person who votes against Latvian language. We merely aim to remind people of this. Those are the facts – HC an Ushakov have not refused the idea of the language referendum, and who knows what could happen after the elections. Maybe another Linderman campaign. HC has been regularly opposing our initiatives to have Latvian language be taught in kindergartens. The referendum was no coincidence”, – Pulks said.

Two 30-second long video’s have aired on TV. One of them features Ushakov’s little mistake in his May 8, 2011 speech during the Europe Day event: “The best thing to happen to Latvia in the last century is the fact that we are now one with united Russia…with the European Union”, – he said.

“We can act as though we did not notice him voting against Latvian language, the fact that he reports to the Russian embassy, meets with spies. We can also ignore The Guardian‘s opinion that Latvia is gradually becoming a playing field for Russian business, politics and criminal activity”, the video reports. It is followed by the phrase “We can close our eyes on these things completely”, as the clip is interrupted by Ushakov’s words to the people gathered for the celebration of May 9 at the Victory Monument: “Congratulations with Victory Day, Riga!”. Unity’s video concludes with the words: “Riga is our only capital. We lose Riga – we lose Latvia”.

The second video states that HC members are suspected of having plotted to overthrow the government, buying votes, being involved in bribery. It also states that Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks and his team squander millions in Riga. “Some of them are already in prison, while Ameriks has become a millionaire after 12 years in Riga City Council, and continues to rule to this day”, – the video reports.

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