Latvian students protest anti-education policies

This video says about itself:

Amnesty International activists from around 30 countries gathering in Latvia to join Riga Pride 2008 in solidarity with Mozaika and LGBT people in Riga, in Latvia and in the Baltic states.

From DPA news agency:

Latvian students stage second protest against education cuts

Posted : Tue, 05 May 2009 08:36:19 GMT

Riga – Students in the Baltic state of Latvia marched through the capital Riga on Tuesday in protest against government cuts in education sending. Around 1,000 students processed from the central Dome Square to the Education Ministry buildings, where they laid a funeral wreath symbolizing the death of the national education system

The action marked a second round of protest after an event on April 9 in which students cooked potatoes outside educational establishments, arguing that was all they could afford to eat.

The student protests follow earlier demonstrations by farmers, teachers, nurses and police as the coalition government of Valdis Dombrovskis seeks to introduce an austerity budget to counter the European Union’s deepest recession.

Spending on education is due to be slashed by 40 per cent and around 5,000 teachers made redundant in the next academic year according to government plans.

Crime in Latvia: here.

4 thoughts on “Latvian students protest anti-education policies

  1. Minister resigns over health cuts

    LATVIA: Health Minister Ivars Eglitis has submitted his resignation, declaring that he could not accept the government’s decision to slash the health-care budget.

    Latvia’s government agreed to the huge budget cuts in order to qualify for financial loans from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

    Mr Eglitis observed that the austerity measures will hit poor patients hardest.


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