Posts tagged as protests

Latvia protests Russian embassy staffer’s Covid rule-breaking

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) took the unusual step April 13 of publicly rebuking a member of a foreign diplomatic mission based in Rīga. The MFA expressed its protest to the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Latvia, Vadim Vasilyev, who has been performing the duties of head of mission since the departure of former Ambassador of Russia. As    reported   by the news portal Delfi, on…

Poland’s ban on most abortions to come into force, sparking fresh protests

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The ban on abortions in nearly all circumstances is to come into effect in Poland, after the law was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday. The law, originally passed in October, was subsequently delayed due to widespread protests throughout the country against the measure, which took place amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protests saw clashes between demonstrators and police. Poland’s ruling conservative government said on Twitter: “The Constitutional Court…

‘This is war’, say anti-abortion protesters in Poland

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Poles staged further protests in cities across the country on Monday (2 November) ahead of the expected entry into force of a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that bans most abortions and that has prompted nearly two weeks of demonstrations and rallies. The 22 October ruling bans terminations due to foetal defects, ending one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in staunchly Catholic Poland and setting the country…

Lithuania avoided anti-quarantine protests

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lithuania is cited among the European success stories in dealing with the first wave of the novel coronavirus. As the number of cases rises, what lessons has Lithuania learned? “This is not a crisis heroically to be solved by one person. You cannot force people to wash their hands – you can only convince them,” political scientist Ivan Krastev said of the Covid-19 pandemic at the European Forum Alpbach in…

Lukashenko vows to stop human chain ‘from Vilnius to Kyiv’

Monday, August 17, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the human chain, organised by Lithuanian activists in support to the pro-democracy protests in Belarus, poses a threat and he will “prevent actions like this”. “There are not enough ‘non-indifferent’ people forming chains and holding flowers in the Minsk avenue. […] They want to form a chain from Vilnius to Kyiv and gather over 300,000 people,” Lukashenko said during a meeting at the Belarusian Defence…

‘Things change at night’. Lithuanians caught up in US protests

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mass protests have swept across the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers. Lithuanians living in the country have also been caught up in the violence. LRT journalist Aurimas Piečiukaitis, reporting from Washington, said that the protests usually escalated at night. “The protests are mostly peaceful during the day, as people are marching and chanting on the streets. There’s genuine anger not only…

Protests against regional reform as Saeima debates matters

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Protests took place in Rīga and elsewhere March 5 as municipalities and individuals objected to reforms of regional administration that would see the current network of municipalities given a  major overhaul. Under the proposed new law, the number of municipalities would be reduced from more than 100 to 40. With lawmakers due to give a second reading to a bill with more than 300 proposed amendments that would amalgamate and merge…

Europeans protest, the U.S. does not care

By Alvis Petus on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Since the start of U.S.-led Defender Europe 2020 military exercise in February, peace movement activists have criticized the maneuvers and called them a provocation. The exercises are expected to last about five months, taking place mostly in Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. US European Command said in October that the mission aims to “to build readiness within the [NATO] alliance and deter potential adversaries.” Defender Europe 2020 has sparked…

Indian police fire teargas at citizenship bill protesters

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Indian police have fired blanks on protesters as thousands ignored a curfew in the north-east of the country in fresh demonstrations against contentious new citizenship legislation. Officials said on Thursday about 20 to 30 people have been hurt in the protests in recent days, with vehicles torched and police firing teargas and charging the crowds with heavy wooden sticks. Up to 5,000 paramilitary forces were deployed in the city of…

France’s yellow vest movement marks 1 year of protests

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Police are deployed around key sites in Paris as France’s yellow vest protesters prepare to mark the first anniversary of their sometimes-violent movement for economic justice. Protesters hope to breathe new life into the yellow vest movement with actions Saturday around the capital and at traffic circles around the country. Dozens of police in riot gear guarded the Arc de Triomphe overlooking the Champs-Elysees avenue, a scene of weekly rioting…