18.03.2016. 16:15

The freedom to hold demonstrations is a constitutional right of the Republic of Latvia. Latvia has defined very clearly both the limits within which this right may be exercised and the limits within which the competent authorities may impose restrictions on demonstrations. The municipal authorities notify the State Protocol about a demonstration in advance. Further the State Protocol informs the Embassy and the competent authorities and requested their assistance in providing necessary security measures.

The competent authorities such as the State Police ensure that demonstrations proceeds in an orderly manner. Impeding of the normal course of Embassies and Consular post activities is prohibited. The City Municipality is empowered to issue directives for demonstrators to follow, and give orders to terminate a demonstration if these directives are not complied with. The aim is to comply with the obligation laid on the receiving state by the Vienna Conventions of diplomatic and Consular Relations to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of diplomatic missions and consular posts against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the missions or posts or impairment of their dignity.