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Today I’m gonna tell you how I went undercover
as a Muslim, prayed in two supermarkets and
had a clash with the police.
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I’m 1outofbillion – an undercover journalist.
Different identities, one thing in common
– the art to lie.
I’ve told over a hundred stories and now
it’s time to tell mine.
The Constitution of Latvia declares that everybody
has the right to freedom of religion.
Which means – everybody can believe in anything
they want to.
And everybody has a right to practice their
For example – praying.
Each year thousands of Christians are going
on their holy road to the town of Aglona,
you can see Krishna movement singing and dancing
on the streets of Riga almost every day.
So everything must be good.
But what about Muslims?
Big facts – according to official information
– there are only around 1000 Muslims in Latvia.
We have a mosque.
But you can’t tell it from the street cause
it looks like an office building.
People here don’t see too many Muslims or
anything related to Islam.
This experiment was made during the refugee
crisis which I talked to you about in my first episode.
So the atmosphere was super intense.
The goal of the experiment was to understand
if different religions in Latvia are tolerated.
Many Muslims pray at least 5 minutes 5 times
There is a specific time when they have to
The time of praying changes according to the
time of sunrise.
Muslims don’t have to be in Mosque at that
particular moment – they can do it anywhere
A Flat, a car or a shop.
Praying looks like this.
There were two of us.
We were going to act like Muslims.
We had to learn how to pray so it looks legit.
There’s nothing super difficult about it,
but as we had only an hour to learn I made
myself a little cheat sheet where all the
steps were shown.
I found it a few months ago.
So you can take a look at it as well.
The plan was to pray in two supermarkets and
see how people react.
Supermarket number 1.
We went near the elevators, rolled out our
rugs and started praying next to each other.
People were looking at us, some of them quietly
said something about us like “These two
look like terrorists”.
But they said it quietly, I didn’t hear
any of these comments, but some were recorded
by the hidden cam further away.
People were looking but that’s it.
To spice things up one of our colleagues went
to the security and told about it.
A big, bald security guy came to us and asked
us to leave.
Despite the fact he made us leave, he was
very polite and explained that it’s an order
from his bosses.
We argued a little bit and left.
Yes, the fact that we had to leave and that
some of the people walking by called us terrorist
may be considered as negative.
But it’s nothing compared to what happened
to us in the next supermarket.
We went in.
Found a nice quiet corner without any shops.
We weren’t disturbing absolutely anybody.
And only a few people going past this place
We rolled out our rugs and started praying.
Few minutes and a lady from the information
center with a security guard comes up.
What are you doing?
You are scaring our people.
At this point, our colleague, posing as a
walker by comes to the lady and security and
says – hey, let them pray.
I don’t mind them.
It’s a free country you know…
That lady completely ignored what she said
and started yelling.
She was very rude, loud and aggressive.
I even thought that she could attack us at
I was the only one who talked, that’s why
I took the hit alone.
I tried to calm her down and calmly asked:
Do we really have to continue this scene?
You’re the one who’s making a scene.
Can’t you pray at your home?
We have specific times when we have to pray.
What do you think I’m stupid?
“No…,” I said unconvincingly.
THEN WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT YOU
HAVE TO PRAY AT A SPECIFIC TIME.
WE ALL HAVE FAMILIES AND KIDS PEOPLE ARE WORRIED
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO COME HERE AND DO A SH*T
I tried talking over her, but she was yelling,
while I was just talking.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN
WHO’S AGAINST YOUR MOVEMENT AND WOULD JUST
SMASH YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE WALL?
It seemed pretty awkward that she called world’s
second-biggest religion “a movement”,
that praying meant “doing sh*t” to her.
And I couldn’t understand why anybody should
smash my head against the wall because of
what I was doing.
While I was confused about the psychopathic
lady and why is she so angry the security
guy started talking.
He told that if he would be in his civil clothing
he wouldn’t stand aside.
By that, he tried to say that he would be
happy to beat us.
He also told that we should be thankful that
he didn’t evacuate all shopping mall.
FOR ROLLING OUT OUR RUGS?
His in the wrong job if he can’t evaluate
While they were yelling at us the police arrived.
They were super unfriendly, but weren’t
as psychopathic as the two persons we met
They suggested that we should have gone to
the toilet and prayed there.
Praying in a dirty public toilet, on your
knees, next to the toilet seat.
That seems appropriate…
I think that policeman had to become a psychiatrist
because his tip was just…
The police were about to arrest us and we
were walking to their car.
When our colleagues from the TV approached
and started asking about why are we with them.
The police suddenly became friendly and said
– we had a call, we are just checking if they
are not criminals, blah, blah, yadda, yadda,
They understood what we’re doing and let us
Of course, as this situation was fake, it
seemed fun to me.
But I wouldn’t want to be in this situation
without the backup I had then.
Afterward, I spent some time thinking about
the psycho lady and the security guy.
Security dude didn’t talk a lot.
Which could have been good for him.
But when he opened his mouth he implied that
he would like to beat us if he was in civil
The dude apparently has some pretty bad life
if he’s willing to beat someone for being
Or he’s just extremely stupid and really
believes that all Muslims are terrorists and
hE wOuLD HaVE bEEn AN heRO U kNoW…
The lady – OMG…
I’m not sure what’s wrong with her.
She wasn’t supposed to handle the situation
in the first place.
She wasn’t the security, she’s just working
at the information center.
And pouring all her negativity over us was
the last thing for her to do.
I don’t know her – maybe on a regular day,
she’s a victim.
And in this situation, she felt the power
and tried to make victims out of us.
Well, no luck…
In that case..
Lady – you should talk to the police about
your problems, not about two random guys with
She told that she has kids.
If she’s the same with her kids as she was
Well, lady, you should worry about yourself
doing some serious harm to your kids, before
worrying about anybody else.
Later as journalists we asked supermarket
to comment on their employee behavior.
They didn’t answer.
Again – this was fiction and it was a bit
funny for me.
But I can’t imagine how offensive it would
be for a real Muslim if he experienced the
same thing I did.
Around the time the experiment was made Nav’s
project posted a story about his experience
in Latvia with a turban.
How he experienced racism here.
I liked what he wrote in the end.
“Latvia was part of the Soviet Union until
With borders so recently opened and still
learning exactly what independence means,
it’s no wonder that there is so much ignorance.
And there are already indications that things
are improving: the young, educated Latvians,
in particular, were willing to look past my
color and my turban, and talk to me like a
So instead of avoiding Latvia, make an effort
to visit it – whatever your race.”
I couldn’t agree more.
I hope each one of us has learned something
from this story.
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