Disinfo: There is no point in voting in the European elections in Latvia because Nazis are already in power

Summary

An unenviable situation is developing in Latvia before the elections: people are being given the message that it is necessary to vote, otherwise, if you keep silent, “Nazis will come”. People should stay at home and not vote. They don’t need to be frightened that fascists will get into power, they are already in power.

Disproof

Recurrent unfounded narrative about fascism in Europe. Find similar cases about Nazis in Latvia here and here.

Latvia is a parliamentary republic, has a multiparty system; parties have the ability to form coalition governments. The last parliamentary elections in Latvia took place on October 4, 2014. Following the elections, 6 parties were represented in the parliament. Only one party among them is following national-conservative ideology - The National Alliance "All for Latvia", and it has only 13 places out of 100 in current parliament.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019, EU, Elections, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Latvia
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