In January, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers adopted amendments to the law on education, setting forth a gradual transition to the Latvian language. The procedure will commence on September 1, 2019, and is expected to end by September 1, 2021.
The rally took place on the 229th anniversary of the establishment of the first Russian school in Latvia.
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TWEET: Inhabitants of Riga stand for the Russian language.
Latvia, Riga, 24.02.2018. The protest rally of Russian-speaking Latvians. Russian school in Riga was founded in 1788 at the order of Russian Empress Catherine the Great.
"[Russian schools] are our cultural heritage, the basis of our identity and the guarantee of preserving our national traditions," the organizers said.
On Thursday, the Latvian parliament approved in the first reading a language reform, which envisages a gradual transition to the Latvian language in schools of the country's ethno-linguistic minority groups. The legislation now has to pass through two more readings in the parliament and will then be submitted to Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis for approval.