Demonstrators give Lattelekom wake up call

  • 1999-01-21
  • Sandra L. Medearis
RIGA - The telephone demonstrators kept the peace, but their songs called for death to Lattelekom. A young man from the maverick National Bolsheviks waved a flag with a grenade printed on it. A pensioner impaled a picture of CEO John Steel on Lattelekom's doorknob. On that door, a sign said that technical problems had closed the Riga headquarters.The Jan. 19 demonstration against price hikes for local phone calls cut across ethnic lines. Signs in Russian waved while the crowd chanted in Latvian: "Bandit! Bandit! Bandit! Some signs translated as "Throw the foreign bums out."Either way, the...
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