Another anti-immigrant picket planned

Riga City Council has confirmed two fringe groups have applied to hold a third "anti-immigation" demonstration in the Latvian capital on November 5.

Two Latvian NGOs - Tevijas Sargi (Fatherland Guards) and the little-known Justice party on November 5 plan to organize a picket against immigration with participation of some 50 people, the council confirmed.

"Organizers of the picket said that during the event amendments to the Immigration and Asylum Laws will be submitted to the parliament, preventing further organized transportation of illegal immigrants from the third countries into Latvia," the BNS newswire reported.

"The picket will also underscore the necessity to cooperate with other EU countries that have rejected migrant quotas, about possible threat to Latvia's society and culture posed by Muslim migrants, possible increase of terror threat, security of Latvia's eastern border, the policy of benefits and social guarantees and other issues," BNS added.

Two previous rallies have expressed discontent with the prospect of foreigners coming to Latvia as part of European Union plans to share the burden of refugees, with each demonstration attracting a few hundred supporters.

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