The riots in the Old Town on January 13

Anti-government rally ended pogroms stores and fighting with police

Evening of January 13 in the capital of Latvia held a rally, the participants of which demanded the government's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. They opposed the anti-crisis measures of the government, which implies, in particular, budget cuts. Within hours, a meeting took place peacefully, but then a group of young people who took part in the protest, began to behave aggressively. Several dozen people tried to break into the parliament building, while others began to smash shops and throwing stones at police. By night the riots stopped, police arrested more than a hundred people. Several dozen people with various injuries were taken to hospital.


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