Thousands do their bit to clean up Latvia

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Thousands of people across Latvia took part in the national ''talka'' or clean up over the weekend, collecting litter, cutting back overgrown undergrowth, planting trees and generally improving the environment to get Latvia in good shape during its centenary year.

President Raimonds Vējonis was among the crowds with gloves and bin bag at the ready April 28, joining members of Latvia's cadet training force to restore a walkway over the River Koja near an historic battlefield at Skrunda.

A former green politician, environment minister and defense minister, Vējonis has always been an enthusiastic participant in the annual talka and said that during the last ten years it had achieved a lot in making the country "greener, more orderly and more developed" while thanking all participants nationawide.

Later in the day he participated in a tree planting effort along the banks of the River Daugava near his place of work: Riga Castle.
As the social media images below show, the president was by no means alone in his efforts.


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