Russian schools protest against reforms

Several hundred demonstrators performed a lap of Riga's Old Town December 14 protesting against proposed educational reforms that would make Latvian language compulsory for the majority of instruction in the classroom.

Chanting "Hands off Russian schools" and other variations on that theme, the demonstrators marched past Riga Castle where they voiced displeasure at President Raimonds Vejonis' failure to back their cause, passed through the Christmas Market to the bewilderment of tourists, and wound up outside the Education Ministry before dispersing.

Miroslavs Mitrofanovs on Russian schools and education reformMike Collier/LSM

    Banners carried messages such as "No assimilation" and, strangely, an apparent homage to the Boston Tea Party and/or the right-wing Tea Party movement in the United States. 

    Latvijas Krievu savienības līdzpriekšsēdētājs Miroslavs Mitrofanovs piedalās krievu skolu aizstāvju protestā pret iecerēto pāreju uz izglītību latviešu valodā pie Izglītības un zinātnes ministrijas ēkas.

    LSM asked one of the organizers, Miroslavs Mitrofanovs of the Latvia's Russian Union party what it was all about and why there was so much objection to teaching children in the official language of the country.

    Also present was notorious provocateur Vladimirs Lindermans, who previously arranged an unsuccessful referendum on making Russian an official language in Latvia, and another familiar pro-Kremlin figure, Aleksandrs Gaponenko.


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