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  • Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti-migrant rally
    through Riga carrying posters of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker with a Hitler moustache drawn on According to local reports in the Estonian media the protest organisers were reporting that around 1 000 had turned up When the Baltic Times returned to the protest at around 3 p m the crowds had dwindled to about 100 people One blonde woman who had red nails decorated with swirls of glitter and rhinestones and carried a banner that read No to the national suicide told the Baltic Times she was at today s march because she was against big immigration to Estonia The Tallinn resident who did not want to give her name said Estonia is only 1 3 million people and 30 percent of that is Russian residents it is very easy to break the balance of this small old country Estonia s economy is very bad pensions for old people are 300 to 400 euros if you have nothing you can give nothing Kristiina Ojuland a former Foreign Minister of Estonia and former member of the European Parliament has already addressed the crowds Speaking to The Baltic Times at the protest she said 80 percent of Estonians are against this quota this European policy that Merkel is pushing We are against the mass of immigrants coming to Estonia Estonia has already been receiving refugees already since 2007 by the UN convention it is working fine for us This quota can be called totally unacceptable also like a new genocide against the Estonian people Yes really we already experienced this in Soviet times forced migration and due to that process like 28 percent of the Estonian population is non Estonian And if we now just try to imagine 20 years ahead then the same will happen with a new wave of immigration if we allow it but the difference is and really the huge principle difference is that these people are not Christians who are coming they are Muslims They are coming with their own rules their own traditions they do not respect the Western values and European laws and this is a danger it is an Islamist invasion and we stand against that Speaking about the success of the protest so far she said Well taking into account that this is October we are very happy that in the beginning we had a really huge number of people a really big demonstration that walked through the city centre of Tallinn We are quite satisfied with the amount of public participation She added organisers were hoping more people would come on their way home from work Ojuland drew wide controversy earlier in the year when she criticised the European Commission s migrant quota plan on her official Facebook page calling for a pan European campaign against admitting any refugees in the EU and voiced controversial concerns that the white race is under threat from immigrants from Africa an assertion that caused uproar in local and international media Following agreements with

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  • Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti-migrant rally in Tallinn
    protests in the Lavian capital where crowds of several hundred paraded through Riga carrying posters of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker with Hitler moustache drawn on According to local reports in the Estonian media the protest organisers were reporting that around 1 000 had turned up When the Baltic Times returned to the protest at around 3 pm the crowds had dwindled to about 100 people One blonde woman who had red nails decorated with swirls of glitter and rhinestones carrying a banner that read No to the national suicide told the Baltic Times she was at today s march because she was against big immigration to Estonia The Tallinn resident who did not want to give her name said Estonia is only 1 3million people and 30 per cent of that is Russian residents it is very easy to break the balance of this small old country Estonia s economy is very bad pensions for old people are 300 to 400 euros if you have nothing you can give nothing Kristiina Ojuland a former Foreign Minister of Estonia and former member of the European Parliament has already addressed the crowds Speaking to The Baltic Times at the protest she said 80 per cent of Estonians are against this quota this European policy that Merkel is pushing We are against the mass of immigrants coming to Estonia Estonia is receiving refugees already since 2007 by the UN convention it is working fine for us This quota can be called totally unacceptable also like a new genocide against the Estonian people Yes really we already experience this in soviet time forced migration and due to that process like 28 per cent of Estonian population is non Estonian And if we now just try to imagine 20 years ahead then the same will happen with a new wave of immigration if we allow it but the difference is and really the huge principle difference is that these people are not Christians who are coming they are muslims They are coming with their own rules their own traditions they do not respect the western values and European laws and this is a danger it is an islamist invasion and we stand against that Speaking about the success of the protest so far she said Well taking into account that this is October we are very happy that in the beginning we had a really huge amount of people a really big demonstration that walked through the city centre of Tallinn We are quite satisfied with the amount of public participation She added organisers were hoping more people would come on their way home from work Ojuland drew wide controversy earlier in the year when she criticised the European Commission s migrant quota plan on her official Facebook page calling for a pan European campaign against admitting any refugees in the EU and voiced controversial concerns that the white race is under threat from immigrants from Africa an assertion that caused uproar in

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  • The battle for the Estonian coastline
    sail to the nearby islands of Aegna and Naissar However community activists believe that this is not necessarily so Pro Kapital has been claiming that this was always a harbour in Soviet times there were a lot of boat repair workshops here and the canned fish industry as well But this was during Soviet times This land she points at the flat gravel land beyond the beach has only existed since the eighties They want to put up a fence Pehk says to block access to the sea so that when the detail plan is accepted by the City Government they can open the gate and say look we re opening up access to the sea Currently there is a sign at the entrance of Kalarand advising pedestrian access is prohibited which Pehk believes is not legally binding Nurmela disagrees Currently all this land including the so called beach area where swimming is actually against health regulation due to a nearby sewage collector is private property There is an operational port on the land plot and as per the legislation there is no obligation to grant access to the area although some people especially representatives of Telliskivi Selts treat this area like it s a public area The issue here is in the interpretation of on the land plot It is true there is a port adjacent to Kalarand s beach but it appears at least to this layman s eye to be a separate entity to the beach It would appear that a landowner can only deny public access to the sea if it can argue that the port and the beach are part of one and the same entity and it also appears this legal interpretation is key to the argument Telliskivi Selts organizes events and constructs seaside structures on the private land not even asking any permission from the owner At the same time Pro Kapital as the owner of the land pays for cleaning of the area and the land tax around 150 000 EUR per year In our opinion such behaviour by Telliskivi Selts representatives is not acceptable as it clearly shows disrespect to the rights of the owner of the land and such behaviour does not set grounds for a meaningful discussion about the future of the land plot The goal of Telliskivi Selts is to keep the area as it is without any progress or improvement of possibilities to use the seaside In Pro Kapital s opinion this is against the interest of many people who would like to have a quality promenade and not the current wasteland which is today s situation Pehk is quick to explain the reasoning behind the public events held on the beach but not before she argues against the point made about water quality This is a beach in the centre of the city you can swim here There were doubts people said what if the water is bad for your health but we took a sample in 2011 and proved that the water is quite safe I swim here many people do and so that s really not an argument We ve been encouraging people families to see that this place is here and to use it We ve organised summer beach parties sauna parties with temporary sauna tents It s easy for them to claim it s a wasteland they need to protect their business plan but there is a very high public interest here This plan over the years has attracted hundreds of signatures against We organised a petition very positively framed to protect the values of the sand beach to protect the swimming possibility to protect the Cultural Kilometre although we couldn t manage that last one as you can see She gestures to the once beautiful footpath that stretched from Kalasadama to Lennusadam and provided a pedestrian promenade with no interruption to the sound or view of the sea Tallinn City Government has dug this up and replaced it with a road designed to facilitate heavy goods vehicle access and ease traffic flow to the apparent detriment of local tourism Are Tallinn City Government listening to both sides of the debate on the future of Kalarand One solution proposed was that Tallinn purchase Kalarand This could either be an outright purchase or Telliskivi Selts has proposed in the past part of a swap deal involving the land at Kopli Liinid next to the Estonian Maritime Academy a once proud shipbuilding district now full of derelict and crumbling wooden houses Pro Kapital is bidding for ownership of the site along with rival company OU Fund Ehitus It would appear Tallinn s administration has at least heard views on the matter There was a meeting with Mayor Savisaar in 2013 Pehk tells me Telliskivi Selts board members went there and suggested a public purchase He was like yeah I ve actually been thinking about that so the idea has been there I still think Pro Kapital thinks it can push its own plan through but I don t see it happening yet Pehk says that some of the City officials she showed the beach had never previously visited it in spite of being responsible for planning in the area It s possible that Savisaar looked at the possibility of buying the beach and asked how many votes he would get from it but I d also say we are doubting City officials competence at this stage One way of both increasing the level of dialogue and of raising City and public awareness of the beach would be to hold more public meetings on it Pehk feels As for the Kopli Liinid swap deal proposal Nurmela denies Pro Kapital has ever heard this proposed We can t comment on fantasies of Telliskivi Selts No such proposal has been made and there is an ongoing tender to sell Kopli Liinid by the City of Tallinn Later clarifying he says Telliskivi Selts or the City Government have

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  • U.S. heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015
    this year that the U S military will send 250 units of heavy weaponry to the Baltic States and Eastern Europe The equipment will include dozens of tanks Bradley armored fighting vehicles and self propelled howitzers Bulgaria Estonia Germany Latvia Lithuania Poland and Romania will each receive military equipment which can serve a company troops or a battalion The units will be deployed temporarily and the equipment will be rotated around the region for training purposes The purpose of the deployment of heavy weaponry in these countries is to assist NATO allies in tackling terror threats and deterring increasing Russian aggression in the region The U S Defense Secretary confirmed the country has no plans to permanently station its troops in the Baltic States The troops will be stationed in the region on a temporary basis The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The

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  • Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence
    its host country support capabilities so that Latvia could successfully take in NATO soldiers and military equipment Sarts also highlighted several areas where Latvia intends to improve its defense capabilities equipping soldiers with mechanized defense equipment improving anti air capabilities improving the advanced warning systems as well as increasing the armed forces by approximately 2 000 soldiers expanding the Home Guards and activating the army reserves Sarts was speaking shortly after the news came through that NATO defense ministers agreed last Wednesday to further boost the alliance s presence on its eastern flank in response to a new security environment resulting from Russia s actions in Ukraine NATO has been stepping up its role in Eastern Europe to deter potential aggressors and reassure its allies over the conflict in Ukraine where Russia has been condemned for annexing Crimea and allegedly supporting pro Moscow separatists The ministers agreed Wednesday to boost the air maritime and special operations components of the alliance s rapid response force which will increase to a maximum of 40 000 personnel NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in Brussels They also took measures aimed at speeding up troop deployments for exercises or emergency situations in Europe by giving military commanders the ability to prepare troops for such a call Plans were also finalized for six small headquarters being set up in Eastern Europe to help with exercises and planning in Estonia Latvia Lithuania Bulgaria Poland and Romania Each should be staffed with around 40 people by the end of the year Earlier this week U S Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed plans for Washington to stockpile heavy weaponry in those countries Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Wild boar attacks

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  • Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary
    Russia Today RT has requested permission to open a subsidiary in Latvia Akin to the pro Kremlin news agency Sputnik RT distributes pro Kremlin news in Russian English French Spanish and Japanese According to to Neka Personinga the Latvian Registry of Enterprises will review the necessary laws and documents By the end of August 2015 it will decide whether to allow RT to set up its Latvian subsidiary While RT s director Dmitry Kiselev is blacklisted from European Union member states for spreading pro Kremlin propaganda it would not prevent the agency from working in Latvia In April 2015 Sputnik set up a news service in Estonia However the Estonian Security Police told Lithuanian news portal DELFI that it had been unsuccessful in its recruitment drive Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing

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  • Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb
    back to its piglets DELFI LV suggested the noise may have disturbed the animal It then reported that when the boar saw Irina and the dog it lunged at them I thought the dog would be torn to pieces she said But it only suffered serious injuries to one leg Myself I ran away and hid behind some parked cars Following the attack the dog was taken to a vet who explained it was the third to be injured by a wild boar that week According to DELFI LV Irina has turned to the Latvian State Police and the Riga City Council requesting the wild boar problem be urgently solved In 2015 sightings of wild boar in the Latvian capital have not been uncommon In early May a group were witnessed visiting the Freedom Monument in the heart of the city In March footage of 12 wild boar grazing on a tramline once again in Riga s Jugla district was taken Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs said the presence of wild boar shows the city s ecological situation is what it should be It is estimated there are around 30 000 wild boar living wild in Latvia Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access

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  • May 9 commemoration in Riga attended by 220,000: organisers
    have said that they had no precise information about the attendance figures The only known fact is that the number of participants this year was higher than last year when May 9 was a working day According to information from the organisers the number of participants last year was closer to 150 000 As previously reported several thousand people gathered in Victory Park on Saturday to celebrate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany as well as to commemorate victims of World War II During the event the police fined 25 persons who were under the influence of alcohol Another six individuals were fined for carrying an open container of alcohol The police also initiated one administrative case over the use of banned Soviet symbols A criminal case has also been opened against one person who assaulted a police officer The number of fines during last year s Victory Day celebrations reached 64 Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The

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