Five young people were arrested for damaging the Freedom Monument in Tactile / Diena

On Wednesday, RPP received information about several young people who damaged the tactile statue of the Freedom Monument by breaking one of the elements – the figure of the guard of honor.

Police reviewed CCTV footage which identified a group of teenagers possibly responsible for the offence.

Analyzing the recordings of the video surveillance cameras, the employees of the video surveillance center noticed the company of young people on Merķela Street, and the nearest police crew was sent to the location of the young people. A total of five young people between the ages of 14 and 16 have been detained. The young people admitted their guilt in the crime, and the security guards took them to the State Police for further procedural actions.

RPP points out that this is not the first case of tactile damage to the Statue of Liberty. On April 26 of this year, a case was recorded in which a woman with two children broke the second figure of the honor guard. In this case, too, images of persons were obtained with the help of video surveillance cameras, which were handed over to the State Police for the initiation of criminal proceedings and further searches for persons.

LETA already wrote that the Foundation “Come together!” with the support of the public has created a miniature bronze Freedom Monument, which is placed near the Freedom Monument in Riga.

As the representative of the foundation Dagnija Dižbite-Swarinska noted to the LETA agency, it is a practice in many countries of the world that the most significant architectural structures or monuments are reproduced in miniature format so that blind people can “see” them with the help of tactile sensation and view them very closely by visually impaired people. Tactile models provide an opportunity to understand the overview of a place, room, building or monument. It is essential for blind people, because only by touch they are able to understand the spatiality of an object, the contours of figures, the position.

The creative team of the project included sculptor Ivars Miķelsons, architect Ilze Rukmane-Poča, Valdis Zatlers, chairman of the Freedom Monument and Riga Brothers’ Graves Council, and Sarma Freiberga, chairman of the board of the “Come Together!” Foundation and author of the idea.

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