Riga municipality prohibits planned procession in support of Palestine

Riga municipality has decided to prohibit the procession in support of Palestine that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 6th of January.
The municipal administration reviewed the application submitted by a private person, requesting permission to organise a procession outside the Cabinet of Ministers on the 6th of January to express solidarity with Palestinians suffering in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
After receiving a report from security services, who explained that this event could pose a threat to public safety, Riga City’s Executive Director Jānis Lange decided to prohibit this event.
For this event it was planned to invite state officials and residents to express their solidarity with Palestinian people and condemn the violence perpetrated by Israel against the population in Gaza and the West Bank, as LETA was told by “For a Free Palestine” movement.

Organisers of the events said the expected number of participants could have reached a hundred people.

On the 7th of October 2023 Hamas terrorist group committed a massacre in Israel, killing more than 1 200 people, the majority of which were civilians.
Another 240 people, including women, children and the elderly, were taken hostage by the terrorists and taken to Gaza Strip.
Israel responded to the attack from Hamas with a massive and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza Strip and a full-scale military invasion.
According to Israeli authorities, Hamas terrorists are still holding 133 hostages.
In November the two sides established a cease-fire. 105 hostages were released in exchange for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
Also read: With killing of Hamas leader Gaza war spreads to Lebanon
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