Demonstration Against Higher Electricity Bills Draws Several Hundred
A demonstration of people decrying the cost of household expenses drew several hundred people in Tallinn's Old Town on Monday.
The afternoon rally in front of the Economic Affairs Ministry was organized by the Center Party.
The main goal, according to the opposition party, was to show that "Estonians don't intend to just forget about the rise in the price of electricity."
"IRL is sending reports out on how they are complying with their coalition agreement, which is like playing the public for fools, as their main election pledge to reduce household expenses is going in the opposite direction," Center Party MP Lauri Laasi said in Postimees. "Two-thirds of the price of electricity is under government control and we demand that these possibilities to control the price will be used as well."
Demands for the resignation of Economic Affairs Minister Juhan Parts could be seen and heard from the public - mainly older people - at the rally.
Along with Center Party members, Reform Party MP Igor Gräzin put in a surprise appearance. He criticized the situation on the electricity market as not being a free market.
The rally culminated in a bit of street theater entitled "Angry Parts" where a young man manipulated a Juhan Parts puppet on stage.