Pro­test­ers in Tallinn call for re­newal of di­rect democ­racy

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In Tallinn, a protest in favour of di­rect democ­racy in Es­to­nia has been held on Mon­day, March 12, with par­tic­i­pants ask­ing for the rein­tro­duc­tion of the di­rect-demo­cratic ini­tia­tive set forth by Es­to­nia’s cur­rent con­sti­tu­tion.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ports that March 12 had been se­lected for the event as on the same date in 1934, Es­to­nia’s pe­riod of au­thor­i­tar­ian rule be­gun that took away from the Es­to­nian peo­ple the right to in­tro­duce new draft leg­is­la­tion us­ing the in­stru­ment of a di­rect-demo­cratic ini­tia­tive or to ask for a ref­er­en­dum to be held on ex­ist­ing laws. Head of the Terve Rah­vas (Es­to­nian for Whole Na­tion) foun­da­tion, his­to­rian Jaak Valge, has ex­plained that the rein­tro­duc­tion of the ini­tia­tive is ex­tremely im­por­tant for the proper func­tion­ing of the Es­to­nian peo­ple as the high­est power in the state in line with the Con­sti­tu­tion: «Di­rect democ­racy as we un­der­stand it doesn’t re­place our rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy, but rather com­pletes it».

Among the speak­ers and the pro­test­ers at the event, there were mem­bers of the lead­er­ship of the Es­to­nian Con­ser­va­tive Peo­ple’s Party, fam­ily val­ues ac­tivist, Varro Vooglaid, and Es­to­nian in­de­pen­dent MEP In­drek Tarand.

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