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 Anti-Government Demonstrations in Latvia turn into Riots

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PostSubject: Anti-Government Demonstrations in Latvia turn into Riots   Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:33 am

Protests against the government in Latvia turned violent yesterday ending in dozens injured and over a hundred arrests. The Government is being blamed for the recession there too it seems.


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MOSCOW: Violent protests over political grievances and economic woes shook the Latvian capital, Riga, late Tuesday, leaving around 25 people injured and leading to 106 arrests.

After the demonstrations, President Valdis Zatlers threatened Wednesday to call for a referendum that would allow voters to dissolve Parliament, saying trust in the government, including its ability to deal with growing economic problems, had "collapsed catastrophically."

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Riots in Latvia Leave Dozens Injured
15 January 2009RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's government and opposition politicians blamed each other Wednesday for rioting in the capital that left more than 40 people injured in the worst violence since the country split from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The violence erupted late Tuesday after a peaceful anti-government demonstration in downtown Riga, where participants criticized ministers for the country's worsening recession and called on the president to dissolve the parliament.