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'Silent' Latvians urged to oppose violence

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02 November 2006

THE ARCHDEACON of Germany and Northern Europe, the Ven. Mark Oakley, hawritten of his "serious concerns" for the safety of the Revd Dr Juris Calitiand the congregation at St Saviour's, Riga, in Latvia
 
This follows attacks by anti-gay protesters after a service in July whiccoincided with a Gay Pride marc< href="/80256fa1003e05c1/httppublicpages/c9d7c6cf586b6212802571b800502c21?opendocument(News, 28 July)
 
Archdeacon Oakley addressed his comments to the Archbishop of Riga, the RRevd Janis Vanags, after a deanery-synod meeting of the Nordic and Baltiregion. In the letter he writes: " we="" are="" shocked="" to="" have="" seen="" some="" distastefuand="" spiteful="" literature="" .="" .="" .="" which="" have="" contributions="" from="" clergy="" leaders="" iit,="" condoning="" violence="" towards="" the="" gay="" and="" lesbian="">
 
He goes on: "Sadly, we are dismayed that the voice of the Latvian churchehas remained silent on these violent events, and that you have not been morvocal in your resistance to such victimisation.
 
"Therefore wopenly ask you to exercise leadership in speaking out against the violenprejudice and behaviour witnessed in Riga over the last weeks.

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