Latvians live in a culture of indifference

Sixty-three people are said to have frozen to death in Latvia this winter, one third of them in public places.

Latvian society is increasingly heartless, the national conservative daily Neatkarīgā complains:

Even the state cultivates indifference, lies and hypocrisy. For many the frozen body on the street or park bench is no more than an annoyance. We can only marvel at the people who take the trouble of calling an ambulance, because today that’s rather the exception. In the same way, the political elites also live in a completely different world. They don’t hear or see how the people live, and refuse to acknowledge the rising cost of living and lack of medical care. After the tragedy last November in which 54 people died when a supermarket roof collapsed, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis wiped a tear from his cheek and now wants to put forward his candidacy for the job of president of the European Commission.