Vike-Freiberga: radical nationalism might be artificial

  • 2005-06-21
RIGA - President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said in an interview that the recent wave anti-Semitic comments or assaults on non-Latvians could have been kindled artificially.

"There are especially humane people like missionaries and there is the other extreme -- people, who keep looking for an external enemy all their lives and boost their psychologically damaged self-confidence by making hateful comments on others. The number of such people in Latvia is not larger than in any other country," she told the Neatkariga daily paper.

"According to the conspiracy theory, I start feeling that how come that all those incidents occur with clocklike regularity, so may be there are provoked artificially. But this is difficult to prove as there is no specific evidence," said the Latvian president.

"Everybody knows that there are good Latvians and bad Latvians, just like there are good Russians and bad Russians," she said.