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Several hundred people protest in Riga against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

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The protest act against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine gathered hundreds of people. Ten minutes before the official beginning, there were already nearly 50 people gathered outside the embassy. Within 15 minutes the square near the Congress Hall ended up filled with protesters.

The majority of protesters dressed in colours of the Ukrainian flag, including children. Protesters also carried Latvian and Ukrainian flags. They held up posters written in Russian, Ukrainian and English. Posters featured statements like «Putin is a liar and cynical murderer!», «NO to Russia’s activities in Ukraine and the world», «Build Novorossiya in Russia, not on blood of Ukrainian people!», «Russia, your humanitarian convoy brings death in Ukraine!» and other statements along those lines.

Protesters also held posters featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin’s portrait with «Liar!» written below it.

During this protest act, representative of the Ukrainian Congress Tatyana Lazda said that people who care about Ukraine’s fate had gathered outside of the Russian embassy. She also claimed that Russia has carried out a military invasion of a sovereign country and that this aggression has been continuing for months through armed clashes with pro-Russian separatists. As a result of this aggression, many civilians have died. According to her, Ukraine is fighting not just for its own but also for the freedom and independence of Europe.

The crowd periodically shouted different slogans in Russian, Latvian and English, including «Hands off Ukraine!», «Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!», «Freedom to Ukraine!», «Stop Russia!», «Putin – murderer!», «Shame to Russian fascists!», «Putin, withdraw your army!» and others. The crowd also sang Ukrainian and Latvian national anthems.

After a nearly 40-minute protest act, the crowd departed for the British embassy in order to remind diplomats that the world has not forgotten the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.

Organizers of the protest act believe the UK and USA have a special responsibility to turn against Russian aggression in Ukraine and prevent war in Europe.

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  1. Brian says:

    I wish I could have been there.

  2. Hundreds? says:

    only couple of hundreds? That is a embarrassing low number protesters! Maybe Latvians doesnt care that much about Ukraine after all?

  3. Brian says:

    “Within 15 minutes the square near the Congress Hall ended up filled with protesters.”

    The article says hundreds. The photos show a good crowd.

    Latvia and Latvians do care.

    All free people around the world care.

  4. Bork says:

    Yes, killing of russian population in Ukraine is good.

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