Lithuania approves civil resistance bill

“With the strategy in place, we will begin a consistent and comprehensive education of the public on civil resistance,” said Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas in a press release. [EPA-EFE/VALDA KALNINA]

Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill drafted by the defence ministry laying out plans to engage citizens in national security strategy.

The strategy will have three components: civil resilience, the will to resist, and practical skills in both armed and civil resistance.

“With the strategy in place, we will begin a consistent and comprehensive education of the public on civil resistance,” said Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas in a press release.

“Another important aspect is that the preparation for civil resistance will cross over into the National Defence System area of expertise. This is a process that encompasses various areas of public activity and life, therefore it is pivotal that we will be implementing it in collaboration, together, with institutions,  private and public sectors,” Anušauskas added.

The strategy plans to focus public education and information on contemporary threats, national security and options for contributing to national defence. Public education on peaceful resistance will be expanded and training for armed resistance will be carried out.

“I believe that approval of this strategy is a breakthrough in the efforts to fortify readiness for national defence. I expect that from now on, every citizen despite age, residence, or skills will be able to find ways to contribute in this area,” the minister also said.

The announcement comes shortly after plans were announced to teach pubic spirit and defence skills to children in schools.

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