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Officials cast blame for Latvia's riots

Officials cast blame for Latvia's riots

Government and opposition politicians in Latvia are blaming each other for riots this week that injured over 40 people in Riga.
Government ministers say opposition lawmakers who organized an anti-government rally Monday night bear responsibility since they held the protest despite increasing social tension due to a severe economic recession.
Opposition lawmakers accuse the government of incompetence for not providing sufficient security.
The protest drew some 10,000 people and was the largest demonstration since Latvia gained independence in 1991.
The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that 14 police and more than 30 civilians were injured in the ensuring melee and 106 people were detained.


Updated : 2021-06-25 18:25 GMT+08:00