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Protestors go on rampage in Latvia capital

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posted on Jan, 13 2009 @ 04:16 PM
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Protestors go on rampage in Latvia capital


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RIGA, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Several hundred youths destroyed police vehicles and smashed office windows in Riga on Tuesday when an anti-government protest turned into a riot. The violence, which followed a peaceful protest by thousands calling for early elections, was some of the worst seen in Riga since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. Following the initial demonstration, hundreds of protestors marched on parliament. Some tried to storm the building but were dispersed by riot police using teargas and truncheons. Once police had control of the area around parliament, a large group of rioters began roaming the picturesque city centre, smashing storefronts and office windows with cobblestones dug up from the streets. Windows at the finance ministry and several buildings were destroyed. A liquor store was looted. Rioters overturned a police van and a police car before pounding it to pieces with wooden planks and makeshift weapons. Latvians are calling for political change as the country's economy has suddenly deteriorated. Latvia has had to take a 7.5 billion euro ($9.97 billion) loan from the IMF and European Union after sliding into recession. "Dissolve parliament, dissolve parliament" protesters chanted when dozens of burly men rushed a line of anti-riot police outside the parliament building. People threw bottles at parliament and eggs were hurled at police. As demonstrators pushed forward, police sprayed them with teargas.
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posted on Jan, 13 2009 @ 04:16 PM
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Things are not looking too bright since this protest turned into riot is economy related.

To those who are insisting there will be no worldwide riots or civil unrest may have to think again. I don't wish no violence to nobody but my best bet is that things are changing. The world is a cycle, people are more and more pissed off by the day with their greedy governments.

Whats your thoughts?

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posted on Jan, 13 2009 @ 04:32 PM
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just wait for tomorrow what will happen in Bulgaria - Mass protests all over the world.



posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 06:28 AM
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You're right of course.

Economists have been stating this for months. Governments have been in preparations for massive civil unrest for over six months (just look at recent reports on American policing tactics and national enforcement movements).

Every government is likely preparing for massive protests and the control of participants.

Thankfully, these will be focused in the major capitals and cities. There should be plenty of warning for everyone to prepare for either being locked in or being locked out.

Once again, I'm really happy I don't live in London. Us Brits can get quite rowdy when we're cornered.
Poll Tax Riots

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posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 06:34 AM
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It's just sad it takes economic turmoil to ignite a flame under anyone's arse! Everyone knows their gov't is corrupt and someone out of that group knows where they live, and they do nothing, until now perhaps.




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