Monday, October 4, 2010
Picketing the Polish Consulate in Kaliningrad.
On October 4 from 13 till 14 was a picketing of the Polish consulate in Kaliningrad. I`m an organazer, Vitaly Lavrinovich from NGO "Spravedlivost"manager of picketing. The purpose of the picket - a request to the institutions of the European authorities for the simplification of visa regime for residents of Kaliningrad region. There were 20 participants of the picketing. The picket was civil, participated in the picket residents of the Kaliningrad region. We gathered signatures from passers-by. The picket was supported by the activists of political parties and public organizations. In particular - the Baltic Republican Party, "Party of Patriots of Russia," NGO "Spravedlivost", the United Democratic Movement" Solidarity "and the NGO "New World ". There were journalists from "Reuters" , newspaper "Kaliningradskaya pravda", a cable TV channel "Pervi gorodskoi", etc. Our posters were - "Europe is our common home", "Kaliningrad - Prisoner of Europe."
The picketing was peaceful, without shouting slogans towards the consulate. We do not interfere with the work of the Polish Consulate, our picketing located across the street on the sidewalk.During the picketing, the Polish consulate has been closed down and they stopped issuing visas for Kaliningraders. About 30 persons was helplessly trying to get a Polish visa, but they see just a closed gates of Polish consulate.
The staff of the Polish consulate did not accepted our petition with signatures of Kaliningradians. I consider it as an indicator, what actually the real attitude towards to Kaliningraders, behind mask of empty words and smiles of the European diplomats. Can they do that towards Americans or British? I doubt it. Remind you my dear readers, that the Lithuanian Consulate does not stopped working during our picketing on 27 October. As the organizer of the picketing I did apologize to Kaliningraders for the inconvenience.
Posted by Rustam Vasiliev