Es­to­nian PM sad over politi­cians re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence at protest

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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.

Eesti Mee­dia

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