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    Angry Parents' March in Riga against Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis's decision to declare a law on Latvian as the only language of instruction in schools

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    About a thousand Russian-speaking Latvian residents attended the "March of angry parents" in the center of Riga after President Raimonds Vejonis's decision to proclaim a law on the full transfer of schools into the Latvian language by the 2021-2022 academic year.

    "We carry a "black mark" to the president, because he swore to be president of the whole people of Latvia, and now made his decision against some of this people," said one of the participants of the rally.

    Russian Duma Slams Latvia's Education Bill in Statement, Proposes Sanctions

    The Saeima of Latvia approved amendments to a law on education on the final third reading on March 23, according to which schools would need to switch to teaching in Latvian by the 2021-2022 academic year.

    About 2 million people live in Latvia, about 40 percent of them are Russian-speaking. Latvian is the only state language; Russian has a foreign language status.

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