On Tuesday Jan. 13 a peaceful protest in Riga, Latvia -- which has the highest unemployment rate in the EU -- erupted in violence. On Wednesday, 2,000 people threw snowballs at the parliament in Sofia, Romania. By Friday, unrest had spread to Vilnius, Lithuania. The riots in the capital of Vilnius were nearly the same as those in Riga according to the NY Times.
There live bloggers have documented what happened where it all began: events in Riga, Latvia.
Aleks Tapinsh, Interview with a protestor (audio in English).
January 2009 Label (translation by Google), lvrevolucija: riots in the streets of Riga (dozens of videos, photos, text)
Following are some of the posts filed under above label (above). Click above link to view all these posts and more:
- Video - Riots in Riga! - 3 - 3
- Video - Riots in Riga! - 2 - 2
- Video - Riots in Riga!
- Unrest in the Old Town on 13 January-37 portion
- Unrest in the Old Town on 13 January-36 portion
- Unrest in the Old Town on 13 January-35 portion
- Unrest in the Old Town on 13 January-34 portion
- Police announced in the capital of anxiety
- The situation in Vecriga under the control of police
- During the riots detained 126 people
- The protest at the Dome Square finished
- In Vecriga began mass detention
- Riots: The crowd on 13 January-33 portion
- Gas and tears, masks, battle-32 portion
- Arrest, gas meet, pieces of glass-31
- Blood, attack, arrest 30
Veronica Khokhlova, Latvia: Rioting in Riga, Global Voices