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‘Peed in public, behave like occupiers’: Latvian mayor complains about NATO sailors

Published time: May 14, 2014 06:47
Edited time: May 16, 2014 11:14
Dutch mine hunter "Makkum" (R), departs as part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMGMG1) in the harbour of Kiel, April 22, 2014. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer)

Dutch mine hunter "Makkum" (R), departs as part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMGMG1) in the harbour of Kiel, April 22, 2014. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer)

Crewmembers of NATO warships deployed to the Latvian port city of Ventspils are behaving like occupying forces, who don’t consider local laws apply to them, the mayor of the city charged. This discredits the alliance in the eyes of Latvians, he added.

“NATO sailors in Ventspils were behaving like pigs, ignored Latvian laws and municipal rules,” Aivars Lembergs told LETA news agency. “Drunk, they urinated in public, right on shop windows, vomited, drank in public, which is not allowed. They picked flowers from flowerbeds and gave them to prostitutes.”

Lembergs, a vocal critic of Latvia’s cooperation with NATO, added that the foreign military personnel “behaved like occupiers, who do not recognize Latvia’s sovereignty.”

The unflattering description comes as the mayor was commenting on an incident in Ventspils, in which several NATO sailors clashed with locals at a night club last weekend. One of the sailors, a 21-year-old Dutch national, sustained serious injuries and had to be taken to hospital with several broken face bones and a concussion.

The mayor alleged that the Latvian participants of the fight were simply protecting local women from harassment by the visitors. He added that since NATO warships arrived in Ventspils, the number of misdemeanor reports in the city has skyrocketed. It is twice as large now as it was during the resent Day of the City celebration, when some 13,000 people flocked into Ventspils.

The number of visiting NATO troops is about 90.

The mayor said he is going to send a letter of complaint about the situation to NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

There are 26 military ships from NATO and the EU currently visiting Ventspils to take part in Open Spirit, an annual NATO naval exercise in the Baltic Sea.

Lembergs, who has led the Latvian port city since 1988, previously objected to the presence of NATO troops in Ventspils, comparing it to inviting Soviet troops into the independent Latvia in 1940.

The incident in Ventspils was one of several fights involving NATO troops in Latvia lately. In the capital, Riga, four American soldiers clashed with taxi drivers after returning on the morning of April 25 from a night party. The conflict was sparked by an argument over payment for the ride, according to Latvian media.

Comments (205)


Thor Arild 18.05.2014 07:03

Friedrich Schulz 17.05.2014 15:07

If Putin is dumb enough to attack Latvia, the ensuing Nuclear war with NATO


Wh y on earth would Putin want to attack Latvia? This is just western megalomanic propaganda! Russia's territory is big enough. Crimea was different in many ways: full madness in Ukraine, NATO encroaching on Russian space, great majority of Russian population. Crimea was also never a country like Latvia. I think Putin can make the difference. This idea that he wants to attack other countries is exactly the same story that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.


Gerry Hiles 18.05.2014 06:33

What else can be expected from the Washington Empire and it's NATO satraps?

Th is is the mob which did as it pleased with Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and ongoing with Syria and the Ukraine.

Mi llions slaughtered, injured, displaced and poisoned with DU and chemical weapons.

Th e official doctrine is endless war and producing chaos/social breakdown, so that desocialised people can never organize to fight back against the NWO of global hegemon desired by powerful banking interests.

All Western politicians have been bought by Wall Str/City of London, so forget about "democracy" ;.


Dan Worth 17.05.2014 22:18

[quote name='Friedrich Schulz' time='17.05.2014 15:07']If Sadly he apears on the brink of repeating Adolfs mistake of going TOO far, Adolf would have had a long & hapy life if he had stopped at the Sudaten land, & ran the place Humanely ........ Putin needs to concentrate on improving Russia, not expanding it.........
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You are so full of sh it. Hitler had a price on his head the day he was elected. He kicked out the central bankers. That is why these Zionists get on these forums comparing Putin to Hitler because Putin kicked out the same central bankers and history repeats.

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