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  • Posted May 24, 2012 by
    Polyrabbit
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    Vilnius

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    Political plein-air painting "Leave your gas pistol here"

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Polyrabbit says the increase in gas prices in Lithuania has led to huge amounts of contraband coming in from Russia and Belorussia where it is cheaper. She explains that "gas pistol" is symbolic of the destruction of personal economy. She says people enjoyed the paintings and were surprised by them, taking pictures and offering other locals to showcase the work. 'People feel like hostages for not being able to affordable energy costs," she says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    A political plein-air painting «Leave your gas pistol here» with Mrs. Sheep and Polyrabbit took place in the yard of The National Control Commission for Prices and Energy in Vilnius, where on 24 of May they confirmed higher natural gas prices for Lithuanian private consumers. Price building formula for gas contains world oil costs, dollar/euro rates, but also say-so cost of independence from Russia (the only gas supplier to Lithuania), Lithuanian governments mismanage and local people passiveness.

     

    Mrs. Sheep, who cannot afford gas for her gas pistol, once in February informed world leaders about her gas problems http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-748139 , but now in spring the situation became even worse. In the last context when European consumers will pay for “Gasprom” gas 10 percent less, Lithuanian ones will pay about 20 percent more. And before the rest of Europe had lower prices than Lithuania, a member of EU, which stays in energetic isolation and poverty.

     

    This time Mrs. Sheep offers people, who also cannot afford gas for their gas pistols, to leave them ultimately at the Commission headquarter, which declares protecting consumer rights and legitimate interests. Two representatives of gas sector, who came to “new prices approving” meeting, noticed Mrs. Sheep in the yard of Commission. They were confused and asked how it is related with them, because natural gas is not used for gas pistols, but then a semantic relationship satisfied them, and they evaluated the idea as very good and offered to continue it at different institutions, for example at Defense Ministry.

     

    Lithuanian journalists who covered "price raising" event did not consider Mrs. Sheep as a protester, because she is not real, and political plein-air painting with a slogan “Leave your gas pistol here” did not contain a word “protest”.

    Anyway, leave your gas pistols there!

     

    Experimental media-team Polyrabbit.Duplicate does not invite journalists specially, never use professional cameras and spread the information using platforms available to everybody.

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