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2017.03.03 11:11

Vilnius Municipality launches campaign against illegal fences

Algirdas Acus2017.03.03 11:11

Mayor of the Lithuanian capital waged war, on Thursday, against municipal land grabbers by reaping himself an illegal fence.

Vilnius City planned to build a bicycle path on a municipal land near the Neris River, close to popular Vingis Park in Žvėrynas neighbourhood. However, they ran into illegally built fences blocking access to public property.
 

Administration took legal action and after time given for private land owners to dismantle illegal fences has expired, Mayor of Vilnius himself arrived with a chainsaw.
 

‘Today the message is clear for all, times for land capture has come to an end, especially in those parts where residents of Vilnius want to walk,’ said Remigijus Šimašius after he dismantled parts of a fence.
 

Dogs were barking loudly, but the owner did not dare to let them out beyond his legal property this time, although he used to let them wonder on illegally captured public property, pretending this was his land.
 

‘The guy thinks this is his private yard, five dogs were let loose, and people were afraid to walk here’, said Vilnius Mayor.
 

Administration of Vilnius made an analysis aiming to determine more areas where owners have illegally extended their property by arbitrarily building fences and grabbing public land.
 

‘Overall in Vilnius I am afraid there are hundreds areas like this one here, some of them in sensitive places. All such trespassers will receive letters informing what they should and could do’, promised Šimašius.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

REMIGIJUS ŠIMAŠIUS, Mayor of Vilnius:

Today the message is clear for all. Land capture has come to an end, especially in those parts where residents of Vilnius want to walk, near the river, where we plan to build a bicycle path.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

REMIGIJUS ŠIMAŠIUS, Mayor of Vilnius:

The guy thinks this is his private yard, five dogs were let loose, and people were afraid to walk here. But now you can see wonderful trees, there will be a bicycle path and residents of Vilnius will be able to enjoy the place.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

REMIGIJUS ŠIMAŠIUS, Mayor of Vilnius: