Friday, January 16, 2009
The Baltic countries (except Estonia) are on fire. After Riga rioting earlier this week, it is now Lithuania’s turn to protest again the government.
Thousands of Lithuanians have gathered en masse to Vilnius for a protest and attempted to break in the Parliament. These people arrived with buses from all over the country and they would be around 7000 of them by now.
The crowd is trying to stop soma coalition reform and asking Saeima’s chairperson Arūnas Valinskas to postpone it. Only Artūras Zuokas, the head of Liberal Union came out but he had to move back in as people threw eggs at him.
To avoid the same issues as in Latvia, the Police has reinforced its presence to prevent possible riots. Some protestants have already tried to find their way into the Parliament building but the Police managed to stop them. People went behind Saeima and started to throw snowballs, rocks, bottles, eggs and smoke bombs at the building. They scream "Lithuania" and "Down with Saeima".
400 policemen are on duty, another 150 are in reserve. Aggressive protesters are removed from the crowd. Three people are injured so far.
Is Estonia next?