The capital of Latvia continues история with flags. Following the removed flag of Belarus, Riga decided to remove the flags of the International Ice Hockey Federation, despite the fact that the World Ice Hockey Championship is being held there. Thus, the mayor of the city reacted to the IIHF's demands to restore the Belarusian flag or remove the flags of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Riga Mayor Martins Stakis ordered to remove the flags of the International Ice Hockey Federation after Rene Fasel (IIHF President) demanded to restore the flag of Belarus and called the incident with the Belarusian flag unacceptable. The Mayor of Riga left the red-white-red flag of the Belarusian opposition in place and removed the IIHF flags.
(...) Everyone must choose his side - a people thirsting for freedom or a bloody dictator. At the request of Mr. Fasel, we remove the IIHF flags
- posted by Stakis on Twitter.
By the way, the Russian flag was also removed in Riga, replacing it with the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee, as "more appropriate for the moment" due to the ban of the anti-doping committee, although it was previously stated that on the streets of Riga it will be used as the flag of the country participating in the World Cup. It's just that this fact overshadowed the scandal with the Belarusian flag that happened yesterday. Minsk immediately reacted to this and expelled the entire Latvian embassy, and Riga, in response, expelled all Belarusian diplomats.
Meanwhile, Latvian President Egils Levits called the replacement of the state flag of Belarus with the flag of the opposition in Riga "an adequate political reaction."