President met with catcalls at anti-oligarch demo

President Raimonds Vejonis spoke to protesters outside Riga Castle on the evening of July 13, but his intervention did not go according to plan.

At least 300 people gathered at the protest action called by the New Conservative Party to demand tougher action on those involved in the "oligarch conversations" scandal, previously reported by LSM.

Vejonis emerged from the castle and repeated a statement he had made on Wednesday in which he said he was in favor of the rule of law and suggested that those involved in the conversations should explain themselves - which they have shown no signs of doing so far.

He did garner some polite applause, but spoke in halting tones and at times seemed at a loss as to what exactly he thought should happen next.

This was clearly not enough for many of the protesters who jeered and whistled the normally popular president as he departed the stage and then began a chant of "Mugurkaulu!" (Backbone!) apparently urging a more decisive stance.  

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