icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

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

20 arrested at protest against lockdowns & ‘LGBTQ+ propaganda’ in Lithuania (VIDEO)
Police in Vilnius have detained 20 people after a thousands-strong rally against Covid-19 restrictions and what protesters criticized as “LGTBQ+ propaganda” ended in a standoff with law enforcement.

Around 5,000 people flocked to the center of the Lithuanian capital on Friday for an event organized by the traditionalist Lithuanian Family Movement. The protesters, who gathered at Cathedral Square north of the city’s Old Town, were seen waving Lithuania’s national flags and holding placards that read: “George Soros out of Lithuania!” and “No to animal passports” – a reference to the introduction of immunity passports and other Covid-19 restrictions that are to come into force on Monday.

The protesters demanded the government scrap the policy, which will bar access to some shops, services and indoor public events for those without immunity certificates. The documents are provided to those who are fully vaccinated, have recently recovered from Covid-19 or anybody who has tested negative for the virus within the last 48 hours.

The protest proceeded largely incident-free until the end, when a group of demonstrators set off towards Lithuania’s parliament, the Seimas, defying police orders and the Family Movement’s leader, Raimondas Grinevicius, who urged supporters to stay on the square and avoid provocations before the rally.  

Videos posted on social media showed police officers in riot gear breaking up the crowd and arresting several people.  

Out of the about two dozen people who were detained, the majority were nabbed for disobeying police orders, including walking on the roadway, police said. Two people were arrested as part of an investigation into earlier clashes outside the parliament, while one was detained for illegal possession of drugs.
No one was injured during the brief standoff and no property was damaged, the police said.

In addition to airing their grievances over the government’s handling of the pandemic, the gathered also opposed a bill to legalize same-sex civil partnerships and a proposal to ratify the Istanbul Convention – a human rights treaty aimed at combating violence against women and domestic violence in general – which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011. 

The treaty is perceived by several nations, including Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland, as championing the LGBTQ+ cause and harming traditional family values. Lithuania signed the convention in 2013 but has never ratified it.

Also on rt.com WATCH tens of thousands march against vaccine passports in Amsterdam

A pre-recorded video greeting from representatives of Fidesz, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was played during the rally, which was also attended by members of Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.