The Latvian police have detained a man who, after the rally “For Liberation from the Soviet Legacy,” inflicted bodily injuries on a young man with a Ukrainian flag.
It is reported by Ukrinform with reference to Delphi.
On Friday, at about 20:00, an incident was recorded near the venue of the rally and concert. The BMW driver got out of the car and inflicted bodily injuries on a young man born in 2003, on whose shoulders the flag of Ukraine was thrown. The attacker managed to escape from the scene.
Law enforcement officers immediately began a criminal process, and also began operational-search measures, during which an attacker was identified. On Saturday night, police officers, together with the special forces of the Riga Regional Administration, detained the suspect. It is specified that he was hiding behind the chimney in the attic at the place of residence.
Currently, a man born in 1984 is in a temporary detention center. In the near future, a decision will be made on the application of a preventive measure. Previously, he already fell into the field of view of the police.
It is noted that the case has been opened under the article on hooliganism associated with inflicting bodily harm to the victim. Such a violation is punishable by imprisonment up to 5 years or short-term imprisonment, police supervision, community service or a fine.
Also, in the course of the investigation, aggravating factors will be assessed – whether the criminal act is connected with inciting national, ethnic or social hatred.
As Ukrinform reported, on Friday evening, a march “For Liberation from the Soviet Legacy” was held in Riga, which, according to police estimates, gathered about 5,000 people. There were many Ukrainian flags at the procession, which were carried not only by representatives of the diaspora or refugees, but also by Latvians.
In general, the action took place in a peaceful atmosphere, although there were some incidents. Eight people were detained for various reasons.