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Rally against manganese ore transit to Russia in Rīga Thursday

On the evening of Thursday, March 14, a flasmob “Stop Bloody Transit” took place in Riga, as people gathered to protest against the transit of manganese ore to Russia via Latvia.

Around 100 people gathered at the corner of Katrīnas Dam and Lugažu Street, which is adjacent to the territory of Rīga Freeport.

The protest was not coordinated with the State Police or representatives of Riga Municipal Police. About half an hour before the start of the event, it was not yet clear whether the flashmob would take place. Things ended up going as planned.

The organizers of the action had a huge poster with the texts: “If this is not done by the government, let us do it,” as well as “Let us not tarnish our hands with Ukrainian blood.” 

As the event ended, organizers spilled “bloody water” on the railway, also expressing their attitude. This was the second act of protest this week for banning manganese ore transit to Russia.

The Saeima also discussed the possibility of breaking trade chains with Russia and Belarus on Thursday, March 14. The proposal has been referred to the Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission, which will now have to assess – what this would mean for the Latvian economy and whether it can act alone.

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