Police tasked with exercising zero tolerance for any manifestation of incitement to war or national hatred - Golubeva

  • 2022-05-12
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Police, including special units, have been tasked with pursuing a zero-tolerance policy against any incitement to war, aggression or incitement to national hatred, and the first test will take place on Friday where calls by pro-Russian groups for an unauthorized gathering in Riga have been made on Twitter, Interior Minister Marija Golubeva (For Development) wrote on her Twitter account today.

She points out that the planning of risky situations must be guided not only by the operational considerations of the police, but also by the wider social and geopolitical context.

The Minister considers that the skills and co-operation of police officers in the application of the law need to be improved immediately in order for a municipal police officer to be able to correctly explain an applicable law to a potential aggressor.

The politician emphasizes that the flames of the war started by Russia illuminate the weak points in Latvian society, the failures of the establishment of the Latvian civil nation. "I will not go into why now, I will just say that for some time now we will not have to talk about the integration of society, but about conflict prevention," the minister points out.

She also claims that Latvia's Russian-speakers are currently facing a completely new burden of responsibility that they have to deal with on their own. Her personal responsibility is the state's readiness and determination to prevent any justification of Russian aggression.

The Riga municipality confirmed to LETA that the event that the Latvian Union of Russians (LKS) is inviting persons to participate in this Friday will not be approved.

No applications for other meetings, processions or pickets have been received on this day.