Demonstration against 'child protection' in Lithuania
Lithuania seems already to be on the slippery slope, perhaps inspired not only by Norway's self-congratulations on our Barnevern, but also by money from Norway?
Tai Kas Yra, on youtube, 29 November 2018
More than four thousand people were united in a protest that took place in Vilnius "STOP arbitrary separation of children from their parents based on Norwegian Barnevernet principles in Lithuania”.
The Sunday of 25th November is a landmark in the history of Lithuania since this day represents our national solidarity, unity, and standing up for our family values. We want to express our deep love towards all the children of our country. As protesters, we would like to make it clear that we do not tolerate any violence against children and we support important child-protecting laws; nevertheless, the current new policy of child protection and its practice resulted in unjust and arbitrary separation of children from their parents.
This brutal new practice is highly damaging both for children and their families. Due to this situation we demand to change the new legal framework of child protection and its implementation practice which was enforced on 1st July. This new legal framework creates unjustified possibilities for arbitrary separation of children from their parents without well-justified reasons; furthermore, the process of family re-union is unjustifiably long and deprive children of their family bonds. Even one child’s separation from a family is far too much if it happens on not well-justified reasons. Since the 1st July more than 1000 children were taken from Lithuanian families.
By the help of this video storyline I would like to engage more people to understand what is at stake: to understand the new policy and its practice, to spread our message, and to inspire people for change, action, and solidarity. More attention should be given to such ruthless practices of child-protection in Norway which potentially destroy many families without well-justified reasons. Our joint agility, proactivity, and sharing of information have a capacity to direct future policies towards the right direction.
Vaclav Klaus Jr is the person who has previously most clearly expressed the insight that their own legislation (in Klaus's case in the Czech Republic) has gone the same way and prepared the ground for the same situation as in Norway. He formulated it clearly in his speech at a demonstration in Prague against Norwegian Barnevern i 2015:
"The problem is not only in Norway, even though the situation achieves the most horrific values in Norway ... everything is pretty much ready here to start the same system. We already have the very similar "Barnevernet" law, we already have paid foster parents so people don't take kids for giving them love but to get money. We have those so called non-profit organizations that organize the whole process. Now it is just about waiting when all the current social workers will be replaced by the zealous activists. Then the same inferno starts here as well. ... The situation is serious and I really don't understand (to) those appeals for peacefulness demonstrations because they're stealing children! What could be wors(t)? They may make new regulations, they may increase taxes. So, ok, we'll be poorer. But they are stealing children from mothers! Let's resist, let's fight back!"
It is a great shame that this evil is spreading, like now to Lithuania. The populations in East Europe have had enough trouble already.
The only positive aspect is that this will make more people wake up. They begin to see that it is not a question of some quaint aberration in Norway which does not concern them.