Man investigated over calls for "extermination of Chinese" faces prosecution

  • 2020-05-13
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The State Security Service (VDD) has asked the prosecutor's office to prosecute Niks Endzins for a public call to exterminate people of particular nationality.

At the beginning of this year, Endzins drew law enforcement authorities' attention by releasing a video in which he called for an "extermination of Chinese". 

Endzins faces prosecution also for spreading disinformation, which has caused public disquiet and disturbed the work of state authorities. 

As reported, on January 31 this year, officers of the Criminal Police in cooperation with colleagues from the Cybercrime Unit conducted a social media monitoring and spotted a video containing false information, inciting to ethnic hatred. A criminal probe was launched over posting inciting content on the Internet.

In the video, Endzins claims that a person infected with the novel coronavirus, currently spreading in China, has arrived in Latvia. In the video, Endzins also says that "those Chinese should be exterminated, their country should be done away with, it is good for nothing". The video has since been removed from Endzins' account.

Last summer, Endzins was charged with hooliganism for producing and spreading fake news.

As reported, the State Police's Cyber Crime Unit in July 2018 opened a criminal case after several companies and public institutions complained about fake news being circulated online with the purpose to disturb the peace, the State Police reported.

The Cyber Crime Unit was able to trace the fake news to at least seven online portals where they were originally published: tv-play.lv, neticams.net, redzams.lv, redzams.net, kasjauns.net, parvisu.net, and atklats.com. The portals were maintained by several persons who shared the fake news with users of different social networks, prompting people to visit the websites where the fake news stories were published.

The fake news stories dealt with all kinds of disasters, traffic accidents and suchlike, for instance, collapsing shopping malls, falling planes, major car crashes, with the goal of luring as many visitors as possible to the websites. The persons running the websites were paid by online advertisers for each visitor to their websites, the police said.