The protesters, led by Tatjana Zdanoka, the leader of the leftist Latvian Russian Union party, and European Parliament member Andrejs Mamikins, marched from the Dailes Theater to the Rainis monument in the Espalanade park, where the rally was held.
Some of them were holding Latvian and Russian national flags, or posters reading "Keep your hands off our schools" in Russian and in Latvian.
On April 2, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis signed into law a bill envisaging the gradual transfer of the national minorities' schools located in the county, including the Russian-language schools, to the Latvian language of teaching by the 2021-2022 academic year. Subjects, related to the minorities' languages and history, will be an exception.
The population of Latvia amounts to over 1.9 million people, including 12 percent of Russians. According to the latest full census held in Latvia, over 37.2 percent of people living in the country speak Russian at home, while Latvian is the only official language.