Two protests against Covid rules planned Wednesday in Rīga

Two applications for the organization of a protest on Wednesday at Riga Castle have been received. The State Police are urging residents not to go to the events, Latvian Radio reported August 17.

The City Council stated that no more than 50 people can participate in protests, the protest area should be enclosed and no sound-enhancing equipment should be used.

In the meantime, the Saeima deputy Aldis Gobzems has urged as many people as possible to come to Rīga Castle to protest against the draft law which would provide for the right of the employer to fire unvaccinated employees.

Another application for a protest was lodged by Agris Freifalts, a member of Gobzems' fledgling 'Law and Order' party.

Rīga Vice Mayor Linda Ozola (New Conservative Party) stated that applicants have confirmed that if the restrictions are not met, the protests will be discontinued.

State Police urged people not to go near the palace on Wednesday and warn that penalties will be imposed for unauthorized gatherings.

“The police see a high risk of escalation of violence at this event. Police are also calling on the organizers of the event to refuse to gather people because, when determined that epidemiological security rules are being violated or other offences are committed, the police will be prepared to react promptly at the site of the event. Severe penalties will be imposed on offenders. Citizens are also called upon not to be subjected to provocations and not to engage in illegal activities initiated by others, which may endanger human health, safety and public order,” Gita Gžibovska, spokeswoman for the State Police, said.

 

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