"What Pocius said regarding the crackdown on the riots at the Seimas is scandalous information that shows the absurd incompetence of Interior Ministry's leadership. Judging from what he said, we can see that the riots at the Seimas were suppressed without any plan and without any legal basis," said Saulius Skvernelis, the chairman of the Democrats "For Lithuania" who initiated the meeting.

The meeting is held after Pocius told the delfi.lt news website on Monday he was gotten rid of and accused Bilotaite of incompetence. Other opposition groups are also joining the meeting.

Pocius said his relations with Bilotaite became strained after the riots and he was repeatedly asked to resign. Bilotaite, for her part, called some of his statements "morbid delusions" and the general's attitude to his work, rather than the crackdown on the riots, was the reason for her lack of confidence in Pocius.

Bilotaite accused the ex-PSS commander of being absent from work, lying, and not attending meetings held by the ministry, adding that he could not be contacted, although he had be available at all times during a state of emergency.

Representatives of several opposition parties earlier proposed carrying out a parliamentary inquiry into the situation after the two sides exchanged accusations.

Around 5,000 people gathered outside the Seimas in Vilnius last August to express their opposition to the government's planned restrictions on people who were not immune to the coronavirus and refused to get tested.

At the end of the Seimas session, some protesters blocked the exits from the parliament building. As police officer began to pull people away from the building, riots broke out and people started throwing bottles and launching flares at officers who used tear gas against protesters.

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