UK embassy picket over 'forced adoption' case

Supporters of Latvian journalist and interpreter Laila Brice gathered outside the embassy of the United Kingdom in Riga Wednesday to demand the return to the country of her 8-year-old daughter Katya, taken into care by the London borough of Merton in 2010.

Around fifty supporters chanted “No forced adoption” and “Send Katya back” amid a heavy media presence while Brice attempted to present a letter appealing to Queen Elizabeth II for help.

“It's been a very tough battle. I've been through every level from being ignored, but I'm pleased that now my case is supported by the President of Latvia, Andris Berzins and his team is working hard for us,” Brice told LSM.

Her case was far from unique, Brice claimed, saying that many other Latvian children had been taken into care with little or no justification by UK adoption authorities that were “almost like the inquisition.”

In her case, Katya was taken away after she was mistakenly left alone for 20 minutes, Brice said.

Asked how she coped from day to day after four and a half years without her daughter, Brice said: “Prayers, anger, belief, prayers, prayers, prayers. I have no purpose in life except to fight for her.”

As well as winning the backing of President Berzins, Brice's case is supported by Liberal Democrat member of the UK parliament John Hemming.

No representative of the embassy came out to talk to the protesters.

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Mark
Devon County Council social services uk, took are nephew away even though there was no reason to take him away for forced adoption they asked him where he wanted to stay and he said nannas the breach the childs rights,we continually was abused and harassed and defamed for the past 6 months and the final case was already sewn up before the final hearing numerous breaches of human rights not only for us but my nephew aswell,they treated up like criminals by spying on us,making false statements and putting obstacles in the way and humiliation at every opportunity it felt like torture everyday while there around,they breach article 6,8,14 they was also racist against are Jewish origin,and refused to acknowledge it on his birth record and ares they never listened to what he wanted,when he said he wanted to stay at his nannas,and they never gave us any chance,or help us in anyway until the court case was on they continually lied to us in order to make there case stronger we had all got cle
jan
Stop this forced adoption sinead kelly and james kelly eailing social services. Foster carer rika barrett and her husband abusing my kids this is shocking this country return are kids home stop forced adoption uk
jean ogorman
why so many children been taken in to care in and British CHILDREN WHAT IS HAPPING TO THESE CHILDREN NO ONE WANTS THEM ONLY PARENTS .Has no one read history of these children taken in care abuse .left to rot force adoptions stealing them it amounts two why did we join .E.U WAS IT TO STEAL ARE CHILDREN THERE IS MORE TO THIS THAN THEY SAYING .
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