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    LATVIAN DEMOCRACY WAS SYMBOLICALLY "BURIED" NEAR LATVIA'S EMBASSY IN MOSCOW

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    MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - A picket was held near the Embassy of Latvia in Moscow on Tuesday. To protest against the reform of education in that Baltic republic, the picketers carried out a symbolic "funeral of Latvian democracy."

    As press secretary of Latvia's Embassy in Moscow Atis Lots told RIA Novosti on Wednesday, the action of protest went accompanied by Pink Floyd music - Another Brick In the Wall.

    The protesters scanned "No to Oppression of Russians in Latvia!", "We Demand Observance of Human Rights in Latvia!", and "We Demand the Status of Second State Language for Russian!"

    The picketers were carrying posters with the inscriptions "40 Per Cent Are Not a Minority!", "Shame on Latvian Democracy!", and "Latvia Is Out of Place in the EU!".

    The action was taken by the Life Energy youth movement linked with the Russian Party of Life represented by the speaker of the Russian parliament's upper chamber, Sergei Mironov.

    As Lots said, sixty young people of 17-22 years of age participated in the action.

    In completion of the action its participants tried to hand a symbolic wooden coffin with the inscription "Latvian Democracy" and a bouquet of carnations to the Embassy staffers but the latter did not accept the "gift."

    The action was caused by the recent decision of the Latvian authorities to limit instruction of most of subjects in the Russian language at the republic's schools.

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