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20 arrested at protest in opposition to lockdowns & ‘LGBTQ+ propaganda’ in Lithuania (VIDEO)

Police in Vilnius have detained 20 individuals after a thousands-strong rally in opposition to Covid-19 restrictions and what protesters criticized as “LGTBQ+ propaganda” led to a standoff with regulation enforcement.

Round 5,000 individuals flocked to the middle of the Lithuanian capital on Friday for an occasion organized by the traditionalist Lithuanian Household Motion. The protesters, who gathered at Cathedral Sq. north of the town’s Previous City, had been seen waving Lithuania’s nationwide flags and holding placards that learn: “George Soros out of Lithuania!” and “No to animal passports” – a reference to the introduction of immunity passports and different Covid-19 restrictions which are to return into power on Monday.

The protesters demanded the federal government scrap the coverage, which can bar entry to some retailers, companies and indoor public occasions for these with out immunity certificates. The paperwork are offered to those that are absolutely vaccinated, have lately recovered from Covid-19 or anyone who has examined unfavorable for the virus inside the final 48 hours.

The protest proceeded largely incident-free till the top, when a bunch of demonstrators set off in the direction of Lithuania’s parliament, the Seimas, defying police orders and the Household Motion’s chief, Raimondas Grinevicius, who urged supporters to remain on the sq. and keep away from provocations earlier than the rally.  

Movies posted on social media confirmed cops in riot gear breaking apart the gang and arresting a number of individuals.  

Out of the about two dozen individuals who had been detained, the bulk had been nabbed for disobeying police orders, together with strolling on the roadway, police mentioned. Two individuals had been arrested as a part of an investigation into earlier clashes exterior the parliament, whereas one was detained for unlawful possession of medicine.
Nobody was injured through the transient standoff and no property was broken, the police mentioned.

Along with airing their grievances over the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic, the gathered additionally opposed a invoice to legalize same-sex civil partnerships and a proposal to ratify the Istanbul Conference – a human rights treaty aimed toward combating violence in opposition to girls and home violence normally – which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011. 

The treaty is perceived by a number of nations, together with Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland, as championing the LGBTQ+ trigger and harming conventional household values. Lithuania signed the conference in 2013 however has by no means ratified it.

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A pre-recorded video greeting from representatives of Fidesz, the get together of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was performed through the rally, which was additionally attended by members of Germany’s right-wing Various for Germany (AfD) get together.

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