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One year on from riots, tension is building

  • 2008-03-27
  • In cooperation with BNS
TALLINN - The Night Watch movement of Russian-speaking young people in Estonia wishes to stage a public meeting on the anniversary of the riots that broke out in connection with the relocation of the Soviet soldier monument last April.

Activists Sergei Tydoyakov and Pyotr Pushkarnyi havefiled an application with the city government to hold a meeting of several hours' duration on the afternoon of April 26.

The meeting would take place in Hirvepark and according to organizers its purpose would be to defend democratic values in present-day Estonia.

The Tallinn city government already has registered anumber of public rallies for April 26 and 27 in what areseen as sensitive locations of the capital city.

Meetings are slated to be held in front of the parliament, at Harjumagi next to Freedom Square, in Kaarli boulevard, in front of the National Library and on the sidewalk next to the Kaarli Church facing Tonismagi, or places near the spot where the so-called Bronze Soldier used to stand until last spring, to promote various initiatives concerning amateur sports, quitting of smoking and clearing of roadsides of litter.