Disgraced deputy quits party and Riga City Council

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Andris Vilks, a former National Alliance member of parliament and serving Riga City Council member on Monday quit both the party and his seat on the council, the BNS newswire reported, citing party representatives.

The move came days after footage was released of Vilks repeatedly assaulting a medical crew attempting to help him in an ambulance.

The incident happened in February, after which Vilks maintained he "complete innocence" claiming his behavior was affected by a bump on the head, despite admitting using alcohol.

However, the footage suggests a simpler explanation for Vilks apparently drunken rage as he lashes out at female medics and slurs his speech.

An investigation is underway into how the footage was released into the public sphere via the Pietiek.com whistleblowing website - an investigation that seems more energetic and focussed than the one into whether a serving member of parliament was attacking medical staff and getting away with it while voting on healthcare matters.

 

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