One year later everything passed
quietly and, although the Russian MFA would not agree with me, it
seems that people have finally learnt a really important lesson:
violence does not help on getting anything.
Not in Europe, at least.
The press officer of the Security Police only said that the criminal process is ongoing to figure out the links between the Night Watch and the 26-27 riots in Tallinn, hence they cannot comment on what is the issue with the Night Watch in Estonia, what are their links with Kremlin etc.
03.05.07 The Head of the Board of Estonian Railway Kaido Simmermann said that Estonian transit firms will get less transit in May than they had ordered, as some of the transit has allegedly been re-directed through Latvia, Finland and Lithuania.
03.05.07 The head of Estonian candy company Kalev, Mr Oliver Kruuda, announced that all his contracts in Russia have been canceled. 02.
- As the interview just published are of some NightWatch activists, seemed to be fair to explain what NightWatch is -
The Night Watch movement, dominated by
young ethnic Russians in Estonia,
was established on 21 May 2006 as a reaction against the calls to remove the
statue and the painting-vandalism that occurred there at the night of 21 May.
When I was
in city center I was just walking home and the police was standing on different
sides trying to catch people. I was there and I tried immediately to go away from
there as they were shooting with rubber bullets so I started to run but the
police came too close to me and I’ve seen that I couldn’t escape. So I lied on
the ground and put my hands on my head.
Moscow accuses Estonian police of human rights violations during the
riots in Tallinn. One week after the clashes only 6 petitions have been
made against the behaviour of the police. The protests in Tallinn
during 26-27 April left one person dead and 153 injured. More than 1000
people were detained by the police during the riots, most of them freed
After two nights of violent protests, the Old Town looks totally
different than usual: almost all the shops has closed and protected
their windows as everyone here is waiting for another night dangerous
as the previous ones.
Live footage recorded in Toompea, the highest part of Tallinn Old Town,
where the Parliament, the Orthodox Church and many Embassies are.
The whole district has been closed by police and special forces and
only residents and journalists have the right to stay there till 9pm,
when everyone has been conducted home or outside the perimeter designed
by the police.