Several hundred people gathered outside the parliament building in Vilnius on Tuesday to watch a show staged to protest against the ruling coalition's plans to restrict alcohol consumption at concerts and other mass events.
The protest concert named "Freedom to Rock 'n' Roll"
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

The protest concert named "Freedom to Rock 'n' Roll" was organized by the organizers of the country's most famous festivals and musicians.

People held banners that read "Wine: 13 percent alcohol and 87 percent culture", "You won't ban the wine culture spanning 8,000 years" or "No to prohibition".

"Dear members of the Seimas, come to our festival first and then initiate your new laws and change something if you feel that you need to. It seems to us that everything is quite alright today," said Algirdas Barniskis-Bleka, a festival organizer.

As politicians are discussing amendments to the Law on Alcohol Control, event organizers fear that the planned restrictions will cause festivals to close down or move abroad.

The amendments, among other things, provide for banning the sale of alcohol during mass events.

In response to such concerns, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and a group of lawmakers have proposed, as an exception, not to apply the ban to events that require tickets for entry.

However, event organizers are still worried that alcohol sales during festivals would be impossible due to restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks in seasonal outdoor cafes.

Veryga's proposal calls for banning the sale of alcoholic drink sales during events that are free of charge and open to the public.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Pope Fancis might ask Lithuania for solidarity in accepting refugees

Pope Francis , arriving in Lithuania on Saturday, might ask the Baltic states for solidarity in...

If you have to borrow money, do it wisely: what do you need to know?

Everyone wants to have enough money to cover all our needs, but sometimes there‘s nothing else to do...

36 years after the first emoji: five facts you may not know

Exactly 36 years ago today, an American professor and computer scientist Scott Fahlman used a smiley...

New, digital, life given to Vilnius’ image of Divine Mercy as Pope’s visit to Lithuanian capital nears

3D model will give access to one of Catholicism’s most important paintings to millions around the...

Lithuania awards 39 citizens for rescuing Jews during WWII

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday awarded 39 Lithuanian citizens who risked their...