RSL to sue if parties are not allowed to protest demolition of monument in Pardaugava


Speaking about the reasons why the protest action is scheduled for August 22, Mitrofanov referred to an interview with the mayor of Riga, Mārtiņš Staks, in which he did not give a clear answer about the demolition of the monument on August 23. Therefore, according to the statement of the co-chairman of the RSL, the party has reason to believe that the dismantling of the monument in Victory Park may begin on August 22 or 23.

When asked how the Russian Union of Latvia plans to act if the protest is not allowed, Mitrofanov explained that he would wait until the last moment, that is, six hours before the start of the action. If the party receives an answer that its actions are not coordinated, then it will file an application with the court, thus defending its opinion.

Speaking about whether supporters of the action can gather at the end of Victory Park, on the square behind the monument, even if the action is not approved, the RSL co-chair stressed that the law is the law. If the action is not allowed, the party will notify its supporters of this.

The RSL protest action against the demolition of the monument in Pardaugava is scheduled for Monday, August 22, starting at 19:00. The event will take place at the end of Victory Park, on the square behind the monument. The purpose of the rally is “to express protest against the immoral actions of the authorities, destroying the historical heritage – monuments to people who destroyed Nazism and saved the lives of the peoples of Europe.” According to the organizers, 100 people will take part in the event. The submitted application is currently under consideration by the state security authorities.

Mitrofanov reports that more than 10,000 signatures have been collected against the demolition of the monument in Victory Park. Signatures submitted to EU authorities. The RSL also applied to the Central Electoral Commission with a proposal to hold a referendum on the fate of the monument.

According to the State Security Service (SSS), “during the dismantling of the monument in Pardaugava, provocations cannot be ruled out, including attempts by pro-Kremlin individuals to stop or delay the demolition of the object.” The State Security Service constantly monitors the activities related to the upcoming dismantling of the monument.

On August 5, the Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee of the Riga City Council supported the decision to allocate funds for the dismantling of the monument in Paraudgava. The builder of the dismantling of the monument was chosen in the course of a closed poll. The name of the developer has not yet been disclosed in order to ensure not only the safety of the process of dismantling the monument, but also to avoid possible provocative risks. In general, about 2.1 million euros are expected to be spent on the demolition of the monument.

It is planned to allocate 268,383 euros received during the public fundraising campaign for the dismantling of the monument. These funds will be used to clean up the area after dismantling. The state is expected to finance up to 50% of all dismantling costs.

Given the time allotted to remove the monument, the developer will not use the traditional demolition method. It is likely that the monument in Victory Park will be dismantled by its collapse.


Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.

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