03 November 2007

Don't give up!

The sign above takes the Fatherlanders' old slogan, "Latvian -- don't surrender!" -- and changes a couple of letters to spell "don't sell yourself"... here is some footage of today's events. Click "nākošā" to see the next video. The President made a surprise appearance. When he says he wants to be the people's President, he is interrupted by the chant "prove it!"

For those who find Latvian revolutionary aesthetics odd -- I reminded a friend that they were delightfully weird even in 1905. When 150 000 people gathered at Grīziņkalns to hear the masked man (Jansons-Brauns), expecting fire and brimstone... he lectured on the need to bring art to the workers.

Photo from a gallery by AFI.

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4 Comments:

Blogger jams o donnell said...

I wonder what those who went to hear Jansons-Brauns speak thought when they were lectured on the importance on nourishing the proletariat's artistic soul...

03 November, 2007 19:34  
Blogger Pēteris Cedriņš said...

They were probably as disappointed as Aleks...

05 November, 2007 17:01  
Blogger Giustino said...

I very politely DEMAND a new interesting post about Latvian politics.

Snap to it, Cedriņš!

09 November, 2007 15:43  
Blogger Pēteris Cedriņš said...

Tere, Justin! Will do! Today had to go back in time a bit...

11 November, 2007 06:41  

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