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2015.09.08 13:45

Public transport should be free of St. George ribbons – Seimas’ Speaker

BNS, DELFI.lt, DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

  Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says that the so-called St. George ribbons cannot be banned in a democratic country, however, they should not be observed in the public sector.

Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says that the so-called St. George ribbons cannot be banned in a democratic country, however, they should not be observed in the public sector.

“Such things should not be used and escalated in public transport, and the responsibility falls upon the heads of the companies and municipalities, as this is one of the instances that causes tensions in the society. As far as I’ve managed to learn, the ribbons have appeared in earlier years, war veterans have worn them during holidays, however, in the context of these days, in the Ukrainian context, the use of the ribbons should be viewed with a higher degree of responsibility,” Graužinienė told the Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday morning.

The black-and-orange ribbons of St. George are worn by World War II veterans as a symbol of the Soviet Union’s victory in the war, however, the ribbons are used by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. In Lithuania, the topic of the St. George ribbons made the headlines after a story appeared in social networks about a ribbon in a taxi and the driver’s refusal to take it down.

“If an individual wants to put up the ribbon, it is the issue of his personal responsibility, we live in a democratic country, however, it becomes a political event, when it is used widely. I am not saying it should be banned but heads of municipalities, mayors and politicians should explain to people that this is not recommended in today’s political context,” said the parliamentary speaker.

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