Latvian political candidate tackled, arrested at debate

  • 2011-09-05
  • TBT Staff

RIGA -- A candidate in the upcoming Latvian elections has been tackled by police and arrested at a political debate.

Dainis Grabovskis, a member of the marginal Tautas Kontroles party, had been refused a spot in the debate because of his party's small base of support. In response, he heckled the other candidates from the audience.

When police asked him to leave partway through the debate, Grabovskis ran up on the stage and continued to shout at the candidates and the crowd. He was tackled by police -- knocking over two debate podiums in the process -- arrested and charged with "petty hooliganism".