Disinfo: Latvia’s army carried out exercises with fire amid passer-bys in the centre of Riga


The Latvian army carried out military exercises with fire amid passers-by in the very centre of Riga.


The article is an attempt to discredit the government of Latvia through the use of a misleading headline. While the military exercise Namejs 2021 in the centre of Riga was met with some controversy, the claim that the Latvian army used “fire amid passers-by” is deliberately manipulative.

While the body of the disinformation article clarifies that only exercise ammunition - blank rounds - were used in the exercises, the use of the term “with fire” -without specifying which kind of fire- is ambiguous in Spanish (and most other languages), and its inclusion in the headline is a clear attempt to lead spectators to think that live ammunition was used and civilians were put at risk.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Latvia is not a democratic state, that Latvia is the villain of a hybrid war against Russia and the Russians, that Latvia is provoking a confrontation with Moscow to get economic support from the West, that Latvia’s ban on Russian TV channels is an attempt to eradicate the Russian language and any dissent in the country, or that the Baltic States have no independent foreign policy and are just a mouthpiece of the EU.


  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Latvia
  • Keywords: Military exercise
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