Estonian PM sad over politicians resorting to violence at protest
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has addressed a rare incident outside the parliament, where during a protest against the UN Migration Compact, a politician stormed on to microphone without invitation before being shoved off the stage and pushed to the ground.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR cited Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas from the Centre Party as stating in a video address: «Over the past few weeks, events in Estonian society and public have sincerely made me sad. Our people do not shove, hit or physically confront each other in any way. Somehow these have unconsciously become a commonplace in the media, social media and public opinion, and what is worst, in actual actions».
ERR wrote that videos emerged online last week showing an incident on Monday, November 26, during a demonstration by the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE). They showed Indrek Tarand, an MEP from the Social Democratic Party, taking control of a microphone and stepping up on to the platform at the demonstration without invitation.
Tarand appeared to mock the stance by EKRE from the platform until being shoved off the stage, involved in confrontation with EKRE supporters, falling to the ground and being hit at least one time.