Posts tagged as protest

In Latvia Tukums residents protest against police investigation of tragic fire

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On Wednesday, April 28, friends and supporters of the dead Normunds Kindzulis gathered in a protest in Tukums against the police investigation in the case, Latvian Radio reported. The police are investigating several options after what happened in Tukums, when Kindzulis  was drenched in fire   accelerant and lit,  dying of his injuries   Wednesday. It was first presumed to be a homophobically motivated hate crime preceded by threats which had…

Belarus opens terrorism probe against opposition leader

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Belarus authorities on Monday announced a criminal probe against the nation’s top opposition figure on charges of terrorism, a move that follows a sweeping police crackdown on protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. Belarus’ Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said his office has launched a criminal investigation against Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya the top opposition candidate who challenged President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential vote in August. Shved said in…

Pandemic-hit restaurants, hotels in Lithuania stage “Last Supper” protest against lockdown

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Restaurant and hotel staff on Tuesday set up tables and beds in public squares across Lithuania, urging the government to provide more support to the pandemic-hit hospitality industry, AFP reported. Menus were replaced with signs saying “Last Supper”, tables were covered with black tablecloths and funeral wreaths were laid by hotels beds in front of the government building in the capital Vilnius. Similar demonstrations were held in other cities in…

Private media in Poland protest advertising tax

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sections of the privately owned media in Poland imposed a news blackout on Wednesday morning in protest over a proposed new tax on advertising revenue. Independent media companies have warned the tax could stifle media pluralism and free speech in the country. They argue its introduction will mean a “weakening or even liquidation” of some media operating in Poland, as well as limiting the possibilities of financing qualitative and local…

Police break up unsanctioned protest at Freedom Monument in Rīga

Monday, December 21, 2020

Latvian Police acted December 20 to disperse an illegal protest at the Freedom Monument in central Rīga, Latvian Television reported. According to LTV three arrests were made, including on of a Lithuanian citizen who refused to confirm if he had filled in the required declaration to enter the country and who became aggressive towards officers. The other two detainees were also taken into custody for becoming aggressive towards officers as they…

Around 100 protest participants could get penalties, police say

Monday, December 14, 2020

Approximately 100 members of the picket against COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday could receive an administrative penalty, Chief of State Police Armands Ruks said on Latvian Radio December 14. He explained that police have a lot of video materials which help police to recognize picket participants. They are facing penalties for violations of COVID-19 restrictions. Ruks said that administrative cases should be started within three days, and then it will be clear how many…

Beauty specialists protest against restrictions in Latvia

Monday, November 23, 2020

Due to the state of emergency announced in Latvia, beauty services, piercing and tattooing are prohibited, so manicure and pedicure technicians are protesting by the Saeima, Latvian Television reported November 23. Nail technicians have requested that prohibitions be lifted so that they can resume their work. Manicure and pedicure masters hope to prove that it is possible to provide a safe environment for both the customer and the master. The picket organizer Anastasija Rozonova pointed…

Reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt resign in protest

Monday, October 5, 2020

Several reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt news website have resigned in protest against alleged “interference” by the company’s director, who has recently announced a restructuring at the editorial office. According to Dovydas Pancerovas, an investigative journalist who resigned from 15min.lt together with his colleague Birute Davidonyte, the company wanted to remove several editors including the chief editor, Raimundas Celencevičius. Pancerovas claimed the move was aimed at “limiting the journalists’ independence” and…

Belarusians in Lithuania protest Lukashenko’s ‘farce’ inauguration

Thursday, September 24, 2020

On Wednesday, several dozen Belarusians gathered outside the country’s embassy in Lithuania to protest against Alexander Lukashenko’s secret inauguration. Anastasia Markevich, a Belarusian studying in Lithuania, described the inauguration as absurd, saying she does not consider Lukashenko a legitimate leader. “I think it’s absurd. We don’t consider Lukashenko a legitimate president. I don’t think today’s inauguration was legitimate,” said Markevich, while she held a poster supporting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leading…

Lithuania turns to IAEA in protest against Belarusian nuclear plant

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuania has turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after nuclear fuel was delivered to the Astravyets nuclear power plant without an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident between Vilnius and Minsk. “Such a situation is unacceptable and it’s an intolerable practice since we are speaking about the safety of states and people,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael…