Sunday, January 18, 2009

Look "provocative", go to jail

The news agency LETA reports that police in Riga detained several youths who "looked provocative" were loud and behaved "defiantly". So now this is a reason for police action? The chilling effect of the authoritarian Godmanis regime's "another Latvia" has now started.  The arrests took place in the Riga Old Town (Vecrīga), the site of riots on January 13, and the site of loud, provocatively dressed, sometimes "defiant" youths on almost all other dates in the calendar.
I don't know what these people were up to when they were arrested for being young, strangely dressed and "defiant" by the judgement of some police officer, but I would think their respect for the police has dropped and their readiness to maybe throw a paving stone back at those who detained them has increased. 

2 comments:

Janka said...

I would venture that the concept of a just society does not figure in the daily ethics of the police in many places, other than in the context of not getting caught or making stupid mistakes. Here we see a lack of intelligence and creativity by the police in avoiding accountability in their harrassment techniques. Tsk tsk....

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