VILNIUS, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - Lithuanian MP Mečislovas Zasčiurinskas has come up with a proposal for restoring the ethnicity entry to the passports carried by the country's citizens, similar to the one that existed in the Soviet era identity documents. The Cabinet has begun to discussing the initiative already.
“People have the right to take pride in their ethnicity, and this right is to be guaranteed by law,” the deputy believes. Now Lithuanian citizens use either a passport or a personal plastic card as their identity documents, or both, for they are equally valid.
“Even the Soviet passport had a special ethnicity graph, but free Lithuania abolished it in conformity with the EU rules,” Zasčiurinskas said. He argues that the measure is harmful, for it leads to assimilation and depreciation of Lithuanian identity.
"This is a result of cosmopolitanism and an attempt to render all EU countries 'rootless'.
Zasčiurinskas remarked ironically the next move might be the abolition of the gender graph.
"The odds are we shall see this happen," he warned.
Initially, the ethnicity record was optional in Lithuanian passports, but then it was abolished altogether.
Polls conducted in 2011 showed Lithuanians accounted for 84.2 percent of the country’s population, and Poles and Russians, for 6.6 and 5.8 percent respectively.