On Thursday, a protest held in front of the Norwegian embassy in Vilnius drew attention to what participants referred to as the theft of children by Barnevernet, the Norwegian children's rights service.
Protesters in front of the Norwegian embassy in Vilnius
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The event, organised by the Nationalists' Union party, was attended by several members from the Labour party and a group from Rokiškis that came to support Vida Baužienė. According to her, her 8- and 10-year-old grandchildren were taken from her son's family in Norway 7 months ago. Other similar removals of children from Lithuanian families in Norway, which Barnevernet has said was due to physical abuse or other factors, have sparked a controversy about the service's actions and the standards it uses to determine if a family is unsuitable.

“There was a case recently – nothing – they have no evidence that would allow them to take the children, but they won't return them,” Baužienė told reporters.

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