Laurynas Jonavičius, a lecturer at Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Doctor of Political Science took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
You probably know about the protest actions which quickly passed in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, Even before the EU Summit in Rome there were protests. Minsk was not an exception. They are caused by various things. However, I paid my attention to the fact that I do not remember any protest actions in Lithuania. I have a question here. Does it mean that the Lithuanian society is united so much? Or is it a reluctance to wash dirty linen in public? Is it done to show that there are no internal differences and the public opinion leaders made arrangements themselves?
Laurynas Jonavičius, lecturer at Vilnius Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Doctor of Political Science:
It is difficult to say. However, the first thing that comes to my mind is that people learnt how to put their opinions forward without going out to the streets.
Can you remind me when was the last time people gathered in streets when they were unhappy about something? I tried to recollect it in my mind but couldn’t.
I suppose that five or six years ago there was something like this. Nevertheless, it was spontaneous and lasted one day. It is difficult for me to recollect it in my mind as well when many people went out into the streets and when extraordinary measures had to be undertaken last. I don’t remember anything like it.