Popular Front of Latvia programme (excerpts), 1989

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2. Political System and Restoration of Independence of the State

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2.5. The PFL stands for the receival of citizenship by the permanent residents of Latvia, who declare their willingness to obtain Latvian citizenship and who unequivocally bind their destiny with the state of Latvia.

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3. Human Rights

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3.6. The human rights and freedoms in Latvia must be guaranteed to everyone irrespective of one’s race, colour, sex, ethnicity, political or religious opinion, social origin, financial situation, office, birth or other circumstances. [..]

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6. The Ethnic Issue

6.1. [..] The PFL considers unacceptable the situation that the Latvian nation has become a minority of the residents of Latvia [..]

6.4. The LTF stands for strong guarantees of the rights of the core nation to self-determination [..]

6.6. The code of interethnic communication must reject any ideology supporting ethnic condescending from one people to another, it must leave no place for chauvinism, Anti-Semitism, Russophobia, ethnic protectionism, ethnic nihilism, imperial way of thinking.

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8. Education and Science

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8.4. The LTF supports the rights of national minorities to full secondary education in one’s mother tongue, and promotes launching ethnic schools in Latvia and outside of it. In case of need, the LTF promotes obtaining tertiary education in a language of choice outside Latvia. The LTF stands for re-organisation of “dual stream” schools and kindergartens, if parents request it.

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Document data: adopted at the 2nd congress of the PFL, 07-08.10.1989. Link: https://web.archive.org/web/20150402113522/http://www.tuvari.com/uploads/ltfii.pdf

Publisher’s notes: Para. 2.5. – not fulfilled by the PFL majority elected to the Supreme Council in 1990 (see “Latvia – Legislative”, the resolution of 15.10.1991). Paras. 3.6. and 6.6. – hardly consistent with the exclusive rights of ethnic Latvians proclaimed in para. 6.4. Para. 6.1. – fearmongering factually inconsistent with the results of the 1989 census, which had shown ethnic Latvians to form more than 52 % of Latvia’s population. Para. 8.4. – the promised rights to secondary education in one’s mother tongue are getting gradually destroyed by the elite originating from the PFL, starting from 1995. The promises about tertiary education were never fulfilled.

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