Posts tagged as Latvian parliament

Latvia bans display of Nazi and Soviet uniforms and symbols

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Latvian parliament, Saeima, has on April 23 banned the display of Soviet and Nazi uniforms and symbols during public events, marches and protests. The ban also applies to Nazi and Soviet flags, coat of arms, anthems, swastikas, SS signs, as well as Soviet symbols – the sickle and hammer and the five-point star. Although not an official commemoration, Latvia hosts the yearly procession on March 16 to mark the…

Latvian parliament in no rush to discuss Jewish restitution payment of EUR 40 mln

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Latvian Saeima has postponed the discussion of a draft law to compensate the Latvian Jewish community in the amount of 40 million euros for property confiscated by totalitarian powers in the mid-20th century in the then occupied Latvia. The parliament voted on Thursday, June 13, against putting on the Saeima agenda the draft law On the Good Will Compensation to the Latvian Jewish Community for Real Estate Illegally Confiscated during…

Latvia gets a new government led by Krišjānis Kariņš

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nearly four months after parliamentary elections held on October 6, 2018, the Latvian parliament or Saeima on January 23 finally approved a new government. The five-party coalition will be headed by Latvian-American dual citizen Krišjānis Kariņš, until recently a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and will consist of his own New Unity party plus the New Conservatives, the Development/For! alliance, the National Alliance plus most of the KPV LV party.…

Several hundred people protest transition to Latvian language at Russian schools in Latvia

Monday, June 4, 2018

At least 500 people on Saturday participated in the yet another demonstration in Riga organized by Latvia’s Russian Union to protest gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction at schools but few of the protesters were youngsters. Before the meeting the leaders of Latvia’s Russian Union, Tatjana Zdanoka and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs, were handing out to the protesters sheets of paper, apparently children’s drawings, with the slogan Our…