Riots in TallinnFriday, April 27, 2007 at 11:45 | Posted in Estonia, tallinn | 8 Comments
Estonian officials last night removed the Soviet monument Bronx Soldier from central Tallinn and transported it
into a military cemetery into an unspecified location to be later placed in a military cemetery. The monument is under police protection. Archeologists started were supposed to start burials after remains of Soviet soldiers that are assumed to be buried where the monument was raised in 1947.
Hundreds of drunken Russian youths rioted in central Tallinn last night. According to eye witness report by Christian in Tallinn, shop windows were broken within a large area and loads of alcoholic beverages stolen by the mob.
The city government has temporarily banned sales of alcoholic beverages after 2 p.m. The National Library is temporarily closed due to damages caused by the Russian mob. Additional police forces from elsewhere in Estonia have been called to support maintaining public order in Tallinn.
President Thomas Hendrik Ilves is to appear in Estonian TV in approximately 15 minutes.
Edit: President Ilves called everybody regardless of nationality to remain rational and calm. He said he was convinced that those who performed violent acts last night will be caught and prosecuted. He urged the people to refrain from provocative acts and statements.
The situation in Tallinn is calm since early morning. However, further demonstrations are expected during the weekend.