Latvia Looks Back 25 Years After Soviet Crackdown

  • 2016-01-27
  • Juris Kaza
Where couples with dogs now stroll along snow-covered paths in Bastejkalns Park, tracer bullets streaked across the night sky 25 years ago in the Latvian capital Riga, leaving four people dead and a fifth, a TV cameraman, mortally wounded. As every Jan. 20, Latvian parliamentarians and government officials laid flowers and candles at four flat stone plaques marking where victims of the shooting by Soviet special police forces had fallen, this time marking 25 years since the dramatic events of 1991. Then a Soviet republic, Latvia had elected a new Supreme Soviet i...
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