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Latvian Russian Union will protect Zhdanok and other persecuted activists
Presecution of Tatiana Zhdanok indicates panic of the Latvian government, according to the Latvian Russian Union (LRU) party. The party members are sure that the persecution started in response to the 1st of May march, which had attracted around 10 thousand people.
“The repressions against our party and our comrades and now against our leader started after the 1st of May march, which was attended by 10 thousand people. The previous practice of ignoring protests has stopped to work," their statement reads.
The party members say that it is impossible to punish for the meeting legally because similar meetings took place all over the world. So the authorities decided to use the All-Latvian parents’ meeting as an excuse to the persecution. Everyone in attendance is taken to the police and questioned in order to find some violations.
The statement says that now in Tatiana Zhdanok’s turn. The reason for the attacks is her speech at the All-Latvian parents’ meeting. She spoke about the techniques that some countries use to assimilate language minorities (like glorifying the ruling nation and humiliating the minority’s culture). The party members are sure that Latvian authorities demonstrate lack of political culture and their totalitarian essence by persecuting the party’s leader.