Mass detentions took place in Riga during the demolition of the monument to Liberators

Law enforcement officer at the monument “to the Liberators of Riga”

MOSCOW, 23 Jul – RIA Novosti. A lot of people were detained during a protest against the demolition of the monument to the Liberators of Riga, some were detained while chatting with the press, according to the portal LSM with reference to the journalist, transmitting from the scene.”Hundreds of people gathered at the fence in victory Park, some of them protested against the demolition of the monument. To push the protesters, the police used force – many people were detained”, – stated in the message of the portal.

The exact number of detainees is not given.

According to the journalist of the portal, the police detained some of the people directly during communication with the press.

The Latvian Parliament earlier stopped the step of an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the protection of monuments to Soviet soldiers, which helped to dismantle the monument to Liberators of Riga. Police closed access to the monument, municipal service removed the tractor assigned to the 9th of may, the flowers, and later the residents of the city once again began to bring it. The Latvian Parliament has permitted the demolition of the monument. The Riga city Council voted for the demolition, instructing the relevant Agency to ensure that the dismantling of the monument. Dismantling of the monument began on August 23, the day before during the preparation for the demolition of the police detained at least six people from fifty protesters.

Latvia is home to 2 million people. More than 220 thousand of them are non-citizens. This permanent residents, whose ancestors arrived in the country after 1940, when Latvia was part of USSR. Non-citizens have limited rights – they can’t take a number of positions, and to participate in elections and referendums. To obtain Latvian citizenship, they need to pass the naturalization process is to pass the exam in Latvian language and history. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov said earlier that the shameful phenomenon of “statelessness”, continued in Europe, is taking action to eliminate it.