Anti-government demonstrations in Riga turned into riots on Jan. 13 night. Around 10,000 people took to the streets in protest against unemployment, tax increases and the poor economic situation. They demanded the resignation of the center-right government. It was the largest demonstration since the country became independent from Russia in 1991. Latvia became a member of the EU five years ago; at the time it was one of Europe's fastest growing economies. However, Latvia is now experiencing a recession. At least 30 people were injured in clashes with police; around 125 demonstrators were arrested. (Radio Netherlands)

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