Latvia: Russian community protest bill ending Russian language in schools

About 1,000 protesters flocked to central Riga, Saturday, to protest against a bill, which would gradually shift all lessons in Latvian schools to the official national language only. The protesters appeared with banners and placards as 'Russian schools are to be', 'Take your hands off Russian schools' in Russian, and 'Stop ethnic discrimination' in English. A member of the Headquarters for the... Еще Protection of Russian Schools Aleksander Filey slammed the bill, saying that the Russian community could «cease to exist in the nearest future.» According to the law, education for the final classes in the schools for national minorities would allow teaching only in the Latvian language.

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