Latvians gather in Riga in support of refugees

More than 100 people gathered in the center of the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday in support of refugees.

The demonstration was largely peaceful. Protesters held posters reading “Welcome to Latvia” “No one is illegal”, calling on the government to act in line with the new EU refugee relocation scheme presented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Latvia is now the only country in the European Union which has not endorsed the plan as differences remain among its parties.

The Latvian government had earlier agreed to voluntarily accept 250 refugees, but according to the new plan, it would be required to accept 776.

Besides Latvia, similar demonstrations were held on Saturday in other European countries, as well as several North American countries and Australia.

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