A massive demonstration in protest against switching education at schools for national minorities to the Latvian language kicked off in Riga on Wednesday, ONAreports citing TASS.
The demonstrators gathered near the city’s Dailes Theater. The co-chairman of the Latvian Russian Union, and a member of the European Parliament Miroslav Mitrofanov told TASS that some 5,000 people were taking part in the rally.
The activists chanted: "The reform is nonsense! No to reform." They were holding posters reading "Russian schools - our choice," "No to assimilation," "Slaves are mute! We are not slaves!," "Russian is the language of victory." The demonstrators marched across Riga’s center to a city park.
Mitrofanov thanked all participants of the rally, calling on them not to give up. "While we are alive and while we speak Russian today, while we can organize this march in downtown Riga, we are not defeated and we won’t be defeated."