Posts tagged as protest

Reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt resign in protest

Monday, October 5, 2020

Several reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt news website have resigned in protest against alleged “interference” by the company’s director, who has recently announced a restructuring at the editorial office. According to Dovydas Pancerovas, an investigative journalist who resigned from 15min.lt together with his colleague Birute Davidonyte, the company wanted to remove several editors including the chief editor, Raimundas Celencevičius. Pancerovas claimed the move was aimed at “limiting the journalists’ independence” and…

Belarusians in Lithuania protest Lukashenko’s ‘farce’ inauguration

Thursday, September 24, 2020

On Wednesday, several dozen Belarusians gathered outside the country’s embassy in Lithuania to protest against Alexander Lukashenko’s secret inauguration. Anastasia Markevich, a Belarusian studying in Lithuania, described the inauguration as absurd, saying she does not consider Lukashenko a legitimate leader. “I think it’s absurd. We don’t consider Lukashenko a legitimate president. I don’t think today’s inauguration was legitimate,” said Markevich, while she held a poster supporting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leading…

Lithuania turns to IAEA in protest against Belarusian nuclear plant

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuania has turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after nuclear fuel was delivered to the Astravyets nuclear power plant without an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident between Vilnius and Minsk. “Such a situation is unacceptable and it’s an intolerable practice since we are speaking about the safety of states and people,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael…

Who is behind anti-quarantine protest in Lithuania?

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Fringe protests against coronavirus measures have been seen across the world, including in Lithuania. While organisers seek to present the protests as spontaneous grassroot movements, conspiracy theories and fringe activists play a central role in them, LRT FACTS has discovered. Anonymous organisers About ten cars turned up near the parliament building in Vilnius on April 24, honking as they drove past before the police ordered them to disperse, the tv3.lt…

Lithuanian farmers protest in Brussels for ‘equal’ treatment

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lithuanian farmers will gather in Brussels on Thursday to protest direct payments that are 32 percent below the EU average. Currently, Lithuanian farmers receive 181 euros in payments for one hectare of land, compared to the EU average of 266 euros. Under the existing proposal, they would drop in the first year, but would rise to 204 euros by the end of 2027. “There should be no such criteria like…

France braces for intense protests over Macron’s intended pension reform

Friday, December 6, 2019

France shaken by this decade’s biggest protests in which trade unions urge other residents to oppose French President Emmanuel Macron’s intended pension reform. During protests on Thursday, 5 December, public transport operations slowed to a halt, schools closed down and waste management ceased. Only one out of ten flights operate. Eurostar and Thalys have cancelled at least half their flights connecting Paris with London and Brussels. The French government has…

Lithuanian firefighters threaten with protest action

Friday, December 6, 2019

Lithuania’s firefighters unions are considering a protest action this month. Unless the government includes more funding into its spending plan for next year, firefighters may hit the streets, they say. During a meeting with leaders of parliamentary political groups on Friday, union representatives raised the need to increase pay for firefighters and ensure better working conditions. Unless their demands are met in next year’s government spending budget, firefighters may start…

University lecturers protest education underfunding by handing out fake diplomas

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Academic workers staged an action outside the government building in Vilnius, distributing free diplomas in protest of underfunding for higher education and science in Lithuania. The action on Wednesday was entitled ‘Diplomas už ačių’, or ‘Diploma for free’, with a misspelling that referred to an error made by the former minister of education. Several hundred passersby joined the protest by Vilnius University workers and were given fake diplomas. The action…

Lithuanian farmers are in protest against rising fees

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lithuanian farmers are building crosses to protest tax hikes. According to farmers’ representatives, if their views are not taken into account, they will continue the protests in local municipalities and the capital. Ingrida Jundulaitė, a farmer, has placed two green crosses in Rietavas and Plungė regions in western Lithuania in an attempt to raise awareness in the society. “New taxes keep emerging. Milk, meat – the prices are not rising,…

Healthcare workers to organize “A Day without a Doctor” in Latvia

Saturday, October 26, 2019

In protest against the projected healthcare financing amounts in the next few years, healthcare workers will stage a protest, called “A Day without a Doctor”, urging all physicians, except those working in emergency medical service, to take one-day unpaid leave before Saeima’s vote on the 2020 state budget bill, as the Latvian Medical Association’s President Ilze Aizsilniece informed LETA last night. According to Aizsalniece, only emergency medical services will be…