City forbids further activity by Donbass support group

Only five days since tents brandishing the flags of 'New Russia' and the self-proclaimed ‘people’s republic’ of Donetsk were set up in different parts of Riga to collect donations for the civilian refugees of the devastated region, the City Council Wednesday ruled that no further activities of the GVD Baltija organization shall be permitted from now on.  

As reported, earlier Wednesday the Security Police (DP) recommended that the City Council not permit its requested September 12 meeting at the Esplanade Park downtown. The hint to municipal authorities was grounded on “potential risks to the state constitutional system and the interests of public safety,” said the DP in a press release.

Up until that point municipal authorities had not deemed the group’s applications to assemble in different Riga neighborhoods sufficient evidence of illegal activities. However, within hours of the DP recommendation, city executive Juris Radzēvičs took the further decision to shut down the group’s permitted public activities.

Prior to the city’s rescindment of the permits, GVD Baltija had hoped to be manning the donation tents daily at various locations throughout Riga until the middle of September.

Municipal government spokesman Uģis Vidauskis told Latvian Radio that a letter of notice is being drafted to the organization as attempts to contact its leaders directly have not been successful.

Indeed, GVD Baltija leader Staņislavs Bukains was no longer responding to calls Wednesday night.

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