Protesters jump on "gilets jaunes" bandwagon in Latvia

Protesters in Latvia at the weekend became the latest of numerous different groups to adopt the yellow jackets first seen in Paris, France.

A Latvian Russian Union (LKS) protest action "to ensure social and national justice" in Latvia, gathered a few hundred people on Saturday January 12, the LETA newswire said.

Although social justice was the stated intent of the protest, most of the placards on show were familiar ones from earlier protests about the reform of Russian schools.

Notably, the leaders of the process also donned yellow and other high-visibility vests, aping the sartorial trend of protesters against fuel price rises in Paris and, more recently, supporters of the Brexit process outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

LKS leaders Tatjana Ždanoka and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs were among those addressing their rally. 

Ždanoka, a former MEP, spoke repeatedly of parallels with "yellow vests" protests in France.

The protest was peaceful as police kept a watchful eye. 

In pre-publicity, LKS again tried to draw parallels with protests in France. 

"The experience of protest movements in France and other European countries shows how much an angry nation can achieve. Rigans have even more reason to be dissatisfied than the Parisian population. So get the courage and say it publicly!" said the LKS.

 

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