More than 400 protesters blocked two bridges last week to oppose the closing of the only hospital in Bauska, a rural city (population 50,000) about an hour away from the capital Riga.
"Bauska's hospital has been here since the 19th century. It lived through both wars, all regime changes ... I don't understand, why we have to close it," Bauska's City Council chairman, Valdis Veips, was quoted as saying by the Latvian newspaper Diena.
Until recently, Latvia has not seen any anti-government protests and riots since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. After entering the E.U. in 2004, Latvia posted Europe's highest growth figures, fueled by access to cheap credit and domestic consumption enabled by a spike in private debt.
Kristina Rizga, for the Pulitzer Center
Images by Akim Aginsky
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This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
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