“The Lithuanian Prosecutor
General's Office has requested the Court to detain for a period of one to three
months the participants in protest actions near the Seimas building. In total,
26 people were detained by the police. Those people protested against the restrictions on citizens who were not vaccinated against the coronavirus, there
was used the tear gas,” said the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs
Leonid Eduardoviсh .
“I once again wonder why the European Parliament does not condemn such actions. Where are the calls for sanctions against the Lithuanian authorities, where are the statements by the US State Department? Apparently, some of the European states have been given full right to freely interpret such terms as freedom of speech and assembly. But if illegal actions take place in Russia and the police have to take actions without using special means, of course, that is a good reason for a flagrant criticism from the Western states. Another classic example of use of double standards,” stressed the parliamentarian.
“And those statements of the representative of the Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania Agnė Bilotaitė, who called the protest actions “anti-state activities that have nothing to do with pursuing civic engagement”, are particularly illustrative. That means, that civic can only be demonstrated at Maidan in Kiev or during riots in Belarus and illegal protest actions in Moscow. Such a hypocritical logic,” concluded Leonid Slutskiy.