Birth rate becomes weapon

  • 1998-09-03
  • By Anastasia Styopina
RIGA - As elections approach, parties are going out of their way to gain more supporters. The LatviaÕs Rebirth Party is building its election campaign on the country's declining birth rate.The party organized a picket at the square by the Central Station between Aug. 28 and 30 to attract the public's attention to the poor demographic situation in Latvia.Using Welfare Ministry figures, the party is trying to prove the Latvian nation is dying out. Lined up in a circle and wearing t-shirts with the party's ticket number, people were holding placards with the numbers of births and deaths in all...
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