Hundreds gather in unauthorized protest by Rīga Castle

On Monday, December 13,  hundreds of people gathered in an unauthorized protest at Riga Castle, the Chief of State Police Armands Ruks and deputy Andris Zellis told Latvian Radio and Latvian Television December 14.

The number of participants did not exceed 1,000 persons at any one time. Ruks estimated it was a large enough number of people: "It's a mass gathering. In my view, very irresponsible, irresponsible on the part of the organizers."

In general, the protest passed without particularly significant incidents, although four criminal proceedings for scuffles with police were initiated, and four people were detained in connection with these actions. The assaults were directed against two State Police and two local government police officers. The officers needed medical assistance but there was no serious bodily harm. 

A total of 16 persons were detained for various offenses during the protest.

The police promise to assess the responsibility of the organizers and most active participants, including the populist Saeima deputy Aldis Gobzems who has named his new party 'Law and Order'.

Last week, Gobzems was temporarily detained both in Tukums and later in Ventspils due to similar unauthorized picketsGobzems and his supporters are critical of government handling of the Covid pandemic, among other things. He features prominently in a recent report on Covid skepticism and misinformation from Re:Baltica

 

 

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